Quickly Noted: Emergency Preparedness Page at CDC.gov
The BT folks down at CDC have worked with the folks from the National Center of Health Marketing to develop a new BT page. I, for one, am a big fan of the revised main CDC page, so seeing the BT page follow that template was a welcome change.
According to the changelog, they strove to better organize the information (something I struggle with on my own websites), create an easier way to move around through pages and make it easier to report an emergency, collect feedback and bookmark content (using a variety of social bookmarking tools). The coolest thing I found was the ability to sign up for email alerts. Every page on the site lets you put your email address in a box and sign up for a variety of emailed alerts on everything from winter weather to CBRN emergencies.
I looked into it a bit more and found that the service they use is a company called GovDelivery, which specializes in, as they say, “managing government to citizen communications.” While the focus of their relationship with CDC (and HHS, as well) seems to be on emailed updates, they have a robust Web 2.0 presence as well, with a Facebook page, Twitter account and blog. While I make no recommendations of GovDelivery, I’m impressed with their effort and product on the face. Definitely a company to look out for.
Back to the main point of this post, kudos to the NCHM and COTPER folks for pulling together a much needed update well.
Image credit: emergency.CDC.gov