With thousands of people in the dark during the days after Superstorm Sandy, finding information from local governments became an important—and sometimes difficult—task.
Weeks later, the town is launching a new website, complete with an improved mobile format and question and answer feature that allows for quicker responses from town officials.
Town Clerk Jackie Greer said Wednesday she has been working on the site since taking office earlier this year. The site went live on Thursday.
"With today's need for instant information it was imperative that we updated the site," Greer said. "The system we were using had not been updated for over 10 years and had become a hodgepodge of information."
About 5,000 people visit the town website every week, Greer said. That number jumped to about 2,000 people per-day in the days after Sandy. To help during power outages and other disasters, Greer said the site is better suited for mobile browsing from phones and tablets.
"If you can charge your phone, you can stay in contact with the town," Greer said.
The website is also sortable by department and offers the opportunity to offer feedback and send questions to department heads in town hall.