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©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE RELIEF EFFORT Analyzing 475 responses of 2,922 emails sent, 2,756 emails were.

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1 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE RELIEF EFFORT Analyzing 475 responses of 2,922 s sent, 2,756 s were received (response rate = 17%). Survey fielded October 31 – November 7, 2007; presentation generated on November 14, Margin of error is +/- 5%.

2 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 Have employees at your organization been directly impacted by the California wild fires? n = 476

3 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? Percent of Cases At this time, my organization has not contributed to relief efforts in any way and has no plans to do so 36% Encouraging EAP use34% Continuing to provide benefits to displaced employees26% Offering alternate work schedules to employees in affected regions23% Providing Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)23% Continuing to pay displaced employees22% Organizing employee donations to relief/aid agencies18% Providing financial contributions as an organization (excluding or in addition to employee contributions) 16% Encouraging employees to donate individually without organizational involvement15% Matching employee contributions (e.g., dollar for dollar match or match to a determined amount) 9% Providing supplies (e.g., food, medicine, technology, etc.)9% Providing paid time off so employees can assist in relief efforts7% Providing unpaid time off so employees can assist in relief efforts7% Note: Percentages do not total 100% as multiple response options were allowed.

4 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? Percent of Cases Providing temporary housing to affected employees7% Providing extra cash/gift cards to displaced employees to help them restart their lives5% Providing technical expertise and/or trained staff to help with efforts5% Encouraging employees to donate unused vacation time and sick days and turn them into charitable contributions 4% Relocating affected employees to your organizations' other offices4% Reimbursing living expenses to affected employees3% Assisting employees in locating missing relatives2% Providing low interest loans to affected employees2% Locating missing employees in the affected areas by using ads on TV, radio, newspapers, word of mouth, etc 1% Offering employment (temporary/full-time) to victims1% Note: Percentages do not total 100% as multiple response options were allowed.

5 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? - Other (please specify): Donation of materials Our employees were evacuated from their homes and our office was closed. Fortunately no one lost there homes and our office also survived. We did pay our people for the week they were evacuated. paying people who had to go home early We have PTO donations, access to funds through our hardship withdrawal in the PTO bank, Offered access to the absence time for those who had time off due to the fires i.e. evacuated, offer a hardship grant through the foundation and providing lists of all we have sent 300 cases of supplies to the evacuation centers and to the firefighters. Employees housing affected employees/students I teach. I don't know what the university is doing. I haven't seen any information from them. contributions Allowed location to be used as a shelter for discplaced families; allowed some flexible work hours/work at home programs Our SD office would be better able to answer these questions.

6 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? - Other (please specify): (Continued) St. Vincent de Paul Village has been involved in relief efforts throughout the county providing meals, cots, blankets, food, water and providing staff where needed to assist in relief efforts. We allowed all employees threatened by fire to take all the time they needed off as a paid holiday. Fortunately noone lost their home and now we are encouraging individual donations. Providing GIK to other similar organizations in fire areas 3 days pay for 10/22-10/24 when office was closed for employees and temps We are in Notheren California and we are not affected by fires Employees were affected by evacuations only. We paid for time missed and make the office available overnight for the evacuated families & pets. coordinating temporary housing between employees United Way sponsorship I don't THINK our organization has contributed to relief efforts but I don't always know what the owners have done providing time off for those employees without accrued PTO who were evacuated. Paying exempt employees missed time.

7 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? - Other (please specify): (Continued) fortunately, although many of our ee's were evacuated for several days, none lost their homes 1. Providing time off to assist family members who have been displaced; 2. Will be encouraging employees to donate items (clothes, etc.) to Red Cross and coordinating donation of items Provided water & other refreshments to members of the public who were evacuated. Provided carrots to horses that were evacuated. providing no interest loans to Credit Union members Put together Employee Support Center for 3 days with legal, insurance, loan, temp housing, benefits, etc resources helping relocate and ensure the safety of displaced elderly clients No affected employees Volunteering at local supply donation sites. opened campus and administration bldgs as temporary shelter during the evacutions. a sister location loaded a trailer with a variety of supplies to assist people who have lost their homes in the san diego area. For our employees, our corporate office maintains a Disaster Relief Fund to aid w/ temporary housing and financial assistance.

8 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? - Other (please specify): (Continued) donation to Red Cross offering sanctuary to law students in the area Some of our staff have only been affected mildly by the fires in Los Angeles County (San Diego County was impacted much more severely) Providing direct assistance to the victims and their pets Paid up to 3 days if scheduled but unable to work. 1 day off for working 6 or 7 days in a row provided unpaid time off ensuring affected associates did NOT earn attendance occurrences that affect their employment. Working with United Way agencies offered hotel stays for limited time to some ee's that were affected. None of our ee's took us up on the offer The fires you refer to are about 600 miles away. We are located in a heavilly forested area and we see forest fires all the time. The difference is that ours are not given much media attention, probably due to the smaller population in our area.

9 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? - Other (please specify): (Continued) donations Catered Lunch last week $ 100,000 Corporate contribution plus ee donations Encourage to donate through United Way we have not heard of any professional relief requested (unlike Katrina) 2 employees live in the area but did not lose their homes. donated water bottles to evaculation center daycare for 1 week while schools were closed and on Saturday Fortunately, no one from our Company lost their home but many were evacuated. The company remained open but paid time off up to a max of 3 days was provided during this time for any reason. (air quality, road closures, evacuations, etc) not impacted by Fires we will address individually if there are requests Paid time off for those dealing with evacuations We are restaurant and we provide food to the vicitims and firefighters

10 ©SHRM 2007SHRM Weekly Online Survey: October 31, 2007 What, if anything, is your organization doing or planning to do to help with relief efforts to aid victims of the California wild fires? - Other (please specify): (Continued) 2 employees evacuated but returned to homes safely donated pet supplies to rescue organizations Providing Food to Evacuees providing space for staging center No one has been affected. just firefighters fighting fires as part of job paid regualr income while out Provided paid time off to those employees who needed to take time off to check on their homes. Working with DoD to provide temporary housing for Navy Civilian families displaced from their homes Organizing Annual Holiday Charity specificly to victim or charity that supports cause (Red Cross - or Salvation Army for example) Extending deadlines to those impacted No formal program at a small company. Provided alerts, emergency resources and donation information.


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