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City of La Vista uses Facebook to alert residents of important updates

Posted at 10:14 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 23:14:18-05

LA VISTA, Neb. (KMTV) — Most of us check our social media at least once a day, so it makes sense for local governments to push important notifications via Facebook, Instagram and other apps.

"I just like a notification to show up on my phone," La Vista resident Tyler Knapp said. "That way it's just quick and easy."

Facebook is now offering a new tool to do just that, keep people informed through a tool called 'local alerts."

Mitch Beaumont, Community Relations Coordinator for the city of La Vista, says Facebook has been testing this across the country and it made sense to offer this service to La Vista residents.

Beaumont adds these local alerts have the potential to reach the roughly 18,000 residents of La Vista, as long as you have Facebook and the right zip code.

"Anyone with a 68128 zip code in their Facebook profile, then would receive our local alerts in their news feed," Beaumont said.

They've already sent out alerts on severe weather, road closures and other important updates that directly impact residents living in La Vista.

Beaumont says they'll still release this information, like they used to, online and through news outlets. This just adds another option that would push out important information with a press of a button.

It also allows La Vista residents to give feedback and engage.

"You just see better results, better reach, more shares, more comments, more eyeballs seeing your stuff," Beaumont said.