August 2010: Follow-up survey to 2009 Denver kick-off forum
In August 2010, a survey was created and sent to the 85 participants of the Denver Alliance for Response Forum held at the Denver Public Library on September 25, 2009. The AFR Denver Advisory Committee sent the survey to attendees and their organizations in order to discover what has happened since the forum. The results, reported here, have been shared with all attendees and advisory committee members to help in planning next steps.
In conclusion, there is much more to do, but it appears as though the Forum had a strong and positive impact in the community. Since the Forum there have been two WESTPAS workshops in Colorado and both have been well attended. The partnerships that are in their infancy will need additional coordinated nurturing and it will be up to the Advisory Committee to come up with some creative ways to continue raising the profile of disaster planning and response in the Denver metro area. Disasters like the Four Mile canyon fire in the Boulder area over Labor Day weekend offer compelling, immediate opportunities to raise awareness and may be useful in spurring institutions to action—with the right promotion.
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