Members of the West Goshen Township Board of Supervisors, Township staff, the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, and Energy Transfer conducted a tabletop exercise in order to test the Township’s Incident Notification Policy. This policy was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 7, 2022 and was implemented in order to provide guidance for alerting members of the community about incidents of concern. As a summary, the Township will issue notifications when an incident arises through the Township’s Blackboard Connect system. This system sends notifications to registered individuals via phone call, text message, and email. If an incident rises to a higher level, the Township would rely on the County’s ReadyChesco system.
Out of this exercise, we would like to continue to encourage residents who have not registered with Blackboard Connect and/or ReadyChesco to do so. In order to make this process easier, we include links to both in each monthly edition of the Township’s eNewsletter. QR Codes are also included in the quarterly print newsletter. The Township also mailed postcards to the community last year.
The Township does not only use Blackboard Connect to alert the community about incidents that may occur. Registering for Blackboard Connect also ensures that you are kept in the loop on such items as changes to trash/recycling collection, upcoming road maintenance, and information on projects that may be underway. While you may register to receive phone calls, text messages, and email notifications, we would encourage individuals to register for text message and email notifications if possible. Our tests have indicated that text message and email notifications are received quicker than phone calls.
It is the Township’s goal to ensure that the community is kept abreast of valuable information. If you have not done so already, please consider registering for Blackboard Connect and ReadyChesco via the links below. We will continue to publish these each month.