The Greene County Health Department announced that the county has a new mobile app to provide county residents with a variety of alerts and communications.
The mobile app is a collaboration with the Department of Health and all other major county agencies to better inform residents.
Health Department administrator Molly Peters says the app is based on community needs: “It seems the websites are being used less and less. To sort of be on the cutting edge of novelty, I guess, we decided that an app could be the way to just spread information. On Facebook, posts you share show up, but if they aren’t liked and shared a lot, people don’t see them. So when there’s an emergency or when there’s information you really want people to hear and know, it’s really hard to just post on the Facebook page. The app allows us to send messages, and anyone who has downloaded the app on their mobile device will receive it instantly.
Peters says this will give local law enforcement another way to communicate emergency information directly to app users: “If ever there is an emergency, we are able to send specific information to this subject. We’re adding channels for our police chiefs and the sheriff’s office so that in the event of a road closure or specific public safety information that people need to know, they can access the app and send that information to their channel.”
Peters says it will work as a website for every organization with more mobility. Peters says the money for the app design came from an emergency response grant. She says the app may be a temporary county feature, depending on usage. She says the usage will often be evaluated to see how well it is being used by the public and to see if there are ways to improve or expand it.
Residents of Greene County can find the app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching “Greene County Health Department IL” to download it for free.