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Greetings and Happy New Year Friends in Preparedness:
On January 3, 2011, we sent out a survey seeking your thoughts on the usefulness of the Monthly Connection e-mail, Quarterly Newsletter and SNAP Announcements and Advisories.
Here’s a summary of what you told us: (98 respondents, a 7% return)
95% remember receiving the Monthly Connection e-mails throughout the year.
53% share or forward the information with others – with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and other community connections like websites, e-bulletins and printing and posting in lobbies and break rooms.
Most helpful features or want more of: (based on 94 of 98 responses)
1. Current news and updates
2. Tip of the Month
3. Calendar announcement
Comments: “Enjoy the info on upcoming classes.” “Info on low-cost training events.” “Varies from month to month, but I usually find an “ah-ha” idea.”
Least helpful features or want less of: (based on 34 of 98 responses)
1. Reader tips, stories, comments
2. Embedded links to related organizations, contacts
3. Calendar announcements and future events (tied)
Comments: “It’s all good.” “Hmmmm … I like them all.” “I want it all. More even!” “All were helpful.” “All good stuff!” “None.”
75% say the feature-oriented, single-focus Quarterly Newsletters are useful – keep it up.
58% forwarded SNAP Announcements and Advisories to others.
42% either didn’t remember getting them or chose not to forward the information.
Comments: “But I will in 2011.” “Summer heat precautions were posted and used by our staff.” “The heat one was good.” “Just informed people in my building about storm drains.” “January … we sent the afternoon commute warning because of snow to all the families at our school. Much appreciated.”
Other general comments:
“Simple ‘how-to-do-it’ handouts, nicely formatted as a .pdf or .doc would be helpful.” (Note: many topic-specific materials are available on the OEM website – will include links in future.)
“Please provide more on-site training for non-profit organizations and residents if requested. Thanks.” (Note: OEM provides instructors for groups of 20 or more year-round and skills training twice a year. On-site skills classes can be arranged through a fee-based instructor. Contact OEM for further info.)
In a nutshell, we’ll make every effort to keep preparedness simple, easy, timely, accessible and adaptable. We like hearing from you too, so feel free to drop a line anytime. Stay tuned for the February 2011 issue, posting soon.
Seattle Office of Emergency Management | 105 5th Avenue South, Suite 300 | Seattle | WA | 98104
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