The Bloomfield City Council did the right thing Thursday night when it made the decision to evaluate its communication with the press and the public during an emergency situation.

That decision was made after communication delays occurred during the recent power outage. City employees and elected officials have committed to researching how other cities and FEMA handle similar situations.

During an emergency such as the recent power outage, the public has a right to know what is happening, what is being done to alleviate the situation, what they can do to help, and what public safety procedures are being implemented.

That information should be accurately communicated to the press in a timely manner by a city employee or an elected city official.

The press can then accurately and widely disseminate that information through multiple platforms such as newspapers, websites, TV and radio stations and their social media sites.