Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ERM-BC-COOP: EM survey

Hal Newman, Executive Director, National Emergency Management Resource Center [NEMRC], posted an Emergency Management questionnaire for WGBH (a Boston public tv station).

Whether or not you participate in surveys is not important; what is important is that you, as an ERM-BC-COOP practitioner, read the questions. (You don't have to transmit your answers.)

A few of the questions are answerable only by folks working for government agencies, but the majority of the questions can be applied to the private sector as well.

Reviewing the questions may give practitioners in the non-government world some ideas to enhance safety for physically challenged staff and visitors - or at least cause them to think about improving safety for all concerned.

I know Hal well enough to know this is not "spam" or a gimmick.

Hal's appeal follows.

Dear Colleagues:

You are invited to take a brief survey to address an important subject: emergency notification for consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind.

We would like to restrict respondents to 1) people working in emergency management and 2) people who have involvement with accessibility initiatives related to emergency notification practices. Multiple people from the same agency or organization are welcome to respond, and you are welcome to forward this invitation to others in the groups referenced above.

This twenty-two question survey is designed to identify existing and planned practices to make emergency notifications accessible. It should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is available online at Please answer every question, even if the answer is “don’t know”. The survey will be open until July 2, 2008.

This survey is being conducted by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH ( through the “Access to Emergency Alerts for People with Disabilities” project, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce (

The survey is screen-reader and keyboard accessible. If you have questions or need assistance filling out the survey, please e-mail . Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey; the results will inform our final project recommendations. We greatly appreciate it and will share the results on our Access Alerts Web site.

Be well. Practice big medicine.


Hal Newman
Executive Director, National Emergency Management Resource Center [NEMRC]
Toll Free: 1-888-NEMRC-11 [1-888-626-7211]

John Glenn, MBCI, SRP
Enterprise Risk Management/Business Continuity
Planner @

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