When the Village needs to quickly communicate critical information to residents it uses several venues to distribute this information. Understanding where to find this information and what you can do to stay better informed is a vital step in any emergency preparedness plan. The primary venue, and the place we suggest residents check first, is the Village website homepage. Using new capabilities built into the Village website critical information is quickly published and instantly displayed as a red banner across the top edge of the homepage. Realizing that many residents "Like" and "Follow Us" on Facebook this same information is also automatically posted to our Facebook page within 15 minutes of appearing on the website. In addition to these methods the Village, in coordination with the Hudson Police Department, leverage Nixle to distribute critical information by e-mail and text message. Sign up is free, easy and beyond receiving Hudson specific alerts subscribers will also receive critical information related to McLean County including severe weather alerts and road closures. All residents are encouraged to sign up for Nixle and review the Emergency Services section to educate themselves about emergency preparedness.