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New Feature Helps Track Weather, Traffic Conditions

The York County Commissioners today announced the launch of a new service meant to help the community more easily identify the location of active emergency incidents, keep abreast of traffic conditions and monitor the weather.

The new service is an enhancement to the county’s “Live Incident Status,” often called WebCAD, which shows a written list of active fire and traffic incidents.

The new feature maps 911 calls to help users more easily identify the location of emergency incidents. It also allows users to:

• Map the location of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation traffic cameras and select a specific camera’s video feed
• Easily retrieve data from river gauges and weather stations, and
• Watch a live weather radar feed.

“York County residents now can go to one place online before leaving home or work and get real-time assessment of conditions on the roads and in the skies,” said York County Commissioner Chris Reilly. “We encourage all residents to take advantage of this valuable tool and incorporate it as part of their daily routine.”

The new feature is available by visiting the York County Department of Emergency Services’ website, www.ycdes.org, and clicking on “Live Incident Status.” Users should then select the “View Incidents on a Map” link. Users also can access the site directly by going to http://ycdes.org/livestatus/.

“This feature provides the community access to a variety of resources in one online location to help people navigate around trouble spots and get home safely,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke. “We hope it proves beneficial not only on a day-to-day basis, but also during severe weather when travel is difficult due to accidents and weather-related road closures.”

The new feature comes at no cost to taxpayers. It was created by Department of Emergency Services staff using software already licensed to the county.

The county will continue to provide the existing list version of live incident status. It recently was upgraded to include a new version specifically for smartphones. Users of the mobile application also can map the location.

“This new feature is part of our broader, ongoing commitment to developing the strongest possible online presence,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “Making information available through the Internet helps residents quickly access the information and services they seek, while also improving internal efficiency and saving taxpayer dollars.”

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Media Contact: Carl Lindquist, ycpio@YorkCountyPa.gov

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