Creating a dynamic website to help educate and prepare people in the event of a life threatening natural disaster.
The Wellington Regional Emergency Office (WREMO) required an overhaul of their existing Get Prepared website to help inform the public about important emergency information in the greater Wellington region. After Somar conducted a strategy workshop session with the product owners, it was agreed that the correct solution would be to create two websites - one that focuses on essential emergency update information, and another aimed at educating members of the public about how to prepare for an emergency.
Both sites are now fully responsive and mobile-friendly. At Somar we thoroughly test all of our websites to make sure they're optimised for different browsers and devices. We took the time to understand how users of the WREMO website used it and incorporated these findings into the design of the website. We want to build digital products that aren't just beautiful but also intuitive and easy to use.
Our collaborative approach to projects meant that we worked closely with WREMOs Product Owner to make sure that all of their business requirements were met. 3 months after the launch of their new websites WREMO saw a 110% increase in visitor traffic. We needed to make sure that all the data we migrated from WREMO's old website was presented in a way that was functional and that made sense to the user.
Easy to Use for the User and Web Admin
The new websites have improved accuracy to visitors and made it more efficient to use for website administrators. In the event of an emergency, multiple PIMS can be assessing the site and informing the public about their specific region updates from anywhere remotely. Meanwhile, a primary site administrator has access to everything - including the ability to archive previous Emergency Events, as per their operational policies. Since its launch, the product owner has stated that the new system has been intuitive and easy to use - making training PIMS simple and effective.
Sarah Gauden-Ing, Business and Development Advisor