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Office Closures and Emergency Messages

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Office closures happen. Sometimes they’re planned and other times they’re  unexpected. Either way, your county website is a great place to help spread the word about irregular office situations.

Use our WordPress Office Closure feature to quickly announce changes on your county website.

Entering Office Closures

To access the new feature, login to WordPress. Click ‘Site Settings‘ on the left-side menu, then select ‘Office Closures.’ You’ll notice at the top of the page your normal Office Hours, and at the bottom is a table of your Holiday and Weather-Related Closings.

Here are the basics for how the system is setup to work:

  • You can enter as many upcoming or current “closures” as you want. You cannot select a date in the past, but you can always select today.
  • If you accidentally enter more than one closure for a particular day, the one that was entered most recently will take precedence.
  • On the public side of things, your website (both on mobile and desktop) will automatically check to see if there are any closures listed for today for your office (either a full closure, late open, or early close) and will automatically display a message on your website if one is found.
  • If no closures are found for today, the website will also check ahead to the next business day to see if there is an upcoming closure we should make the user aware of. If there is, we’ll show it! (i.e. if the user accesses the site on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, they would see that you’re closed on Monday).
  • Closures cannot be edited, you can only add and delete, so if you wish to make a change, you must remove the errant entry and submit a new one.
Office Closure dashboard

Emergency Messages

Whenever you create an emergency message, make a note to update it when the emergency passes. Emergency messages remain until you delete them.

Office closure example

Statewide List of Office Closures

As an added benefit of our centralized system, we have a list of all of the upcoming county office closures.