Communications

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The Town of Somerset uses a variety of means to keep Somerset residents & others who might be interested (such as residents of nearby communities, those who work in Somerset, & former or potential residents) informed. The Town believes it is important to be communicative on Town activities & events, policies & issues under deliberation by the Mayor & Town Council, the work of the Town's various committees & boards, & events & initiatives occurring in surrounding neighborhoods.

The Town's methods of communication, most of which can all be located on this very website, are:
  • Website: This is the official website of the Town of Somerset, Maryland & is operated & maintained by the Town Staff. The website incorporates comprehensive information on a variety of items pertinent to the Town. This includes:
    • The Home page including a calendar, news list, fun facts about the Town, & our Declarations on Inclusivity & Sustainability.
    • Government including governmental structure, officials, volunteer groups, agendas & minutes, audits & budgets, our Charter & Code of Ordinances, & information on the surrounding community.
    • Services including parks & recreation, the Somerset Pool, rental of the Town Hall, permitting, details on Town elections, notary services, important regulations to be aware of, trash & recycling, & snow & leaf removal.
    • About Us (the community of Somerset) includes guidance for new residents including our Newcomers Form, annual Town events & the Town Hall's art shows, the local group Helping Hand, particulars on Town wellness activities, an overview of our history & historic district, a map of the Town, & a photo gallery of both historical & modern photographs of Somerset.
    • Communications includes instruction on the Town's various communication methods (you are reading that right now!), archives of our monthly Town Journal, a directory of the Town Staff, a list of service providers for the Town, a list of important non-Somerset government officials (at the County, State, & Federal levels), bid & employment opportunities, data on accessibility settings for the website, a disclaimer, & our social media policy.
  • Social Media: The Town operates a suite of accounts on multiple social media platforms. These accounts are congregated together on our official Linktree. We have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, X, Bluesky, Mastodon, YouTube, TikTok, and Nextdoor (only available to Somerset residents as you need a Somerset address)
  • Pool Website: The Town operates and maintain an additional website in conjunction with Member Splash for the Town Pool. The Town of Somerset Member Splash contains information about the pool including membership, teams & lessons, hours of operation, news, & a calendar.
  • Weekly Town Email Announcements: Every Friday the Town Manager sends Somerset residents important announcements straight to their email inbox utilizing the Constant Contact system. These emails serve as official notices about Town business such as official Town meetings, street cleaning & closures, leaf collection, tree removal, Town Hall events, pool news, & more. Additional email notices are sent out on an as needed basis such as for emergency alerts or the release of a new issue of the Town Journal. Somerset residents not receiving these emails can gain access by submitting their name, email, & address to Town Hall via town@townofsomerset.com.
  • The Somerset Town Journal: Every month the Town publishes a new issue of the Somerset Town Journal available online (on this very website!) and in-print. The Town Journal covers the actions of the Mayor & Town Council, news of the various Town committees, issues affecting the community, local events both in Somerset & in nearby areas such as Friendship Heights & Bethesda, features about Somerset residents, & classified ads.
  • Somerset Resource Guide & Directory: Every year the Town of Somerset publishes the Somerset Resource Guide & Directory, designed as a convenient all-in-one resource for Somerset residents divided into two sections. Section I, referred to as the Resource Guide, provides Town highlights, Town history, & general information on Town governance, available services, & special features of the Somerset community. Section II contains the resident directory. This resource is prepared by the Town Staff & the Town's Communications Committee. Each household in Town receives one free copy & additional copies can be purchased at the Town Hall by Somerset residents. A digital copy of the 2023 Resource Guide (sans Directory) can be found here.
In addition to these methods of communication by the Town of Somerset, Somerset residents might be interested in Alert Montgomery. According to Montgomery County:

The Alert Montgomery System provides accurate & immediate emergency notifications from Montgomery County to your cell, work, or home phones via text, email, or voice message. Receive notifications about emergencies that may affect your home, workplace, child's school, or any other locations within Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • Government & school status for County government & public school closures, cancellations, or delays due to inclement weather or other emergencies.
  • Weather alerts for your family's home, business, school, child care, & more.
  • Infrastructure issues including water & power outages.
  • Severe traffic issues including accidents & prolonged road closures.

The Alert Montgomery system is operated by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security. More information including how to receive these notifications can be found here.