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Safe States Alliance Membership Exchange Forum: Directions for Use
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How to Use the Safe States Alliance Exchange Forums

How to Use the Exchange Forums
How to Receive Responses to Forum Posts


As part of ongoing efforts to improve communication between Safe States Alliance members, the Safe States Alliance Exchange Forums will be exclusively used for a variety of communications formerly handled by the Safe States Alliance Info email system.  The Safe States Alliance  Exchange Forums are a part of the Safe States Alliance Exchange – a service designed to link members as they share ideas, knowledge, experiences, and resources.

Safe States Alliance members can use the Exchange Forums to post:

  •  General Requests for Information
  •  Webinar Announcements
  •  Conference/Meeting Announcements
  •  Miscellaneous/General Discussion & Networking

And as always, members can also use the Exchange Forums for Safe States Alliance-related discussions or to communicate Safe States Alliance-related information, such as proposals for resolutions and prospective books to read for the Leadership Book Club.

In order to have this information communicated to all Safe States Alliance members, however, it must be posted directly on the Exchange Forums.

While Safe States Alliance Info may still be used to notify members about new Exchange Forum postings, as of this date the Exchange Forums will be the primary method by which Safe States Alliance members can communicate the above information to other members.

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How to Use the Exchange Forums

  1. The Exchange Forums can be accessed by clicking on “Participate in the Exchange Forums” under "Safe States Alliance Exchange" on the homepage.  You can also reach the Exchange Forums by visiting You will be prompted for your User Name and password.

  1. Once in you’re in the Exchange Forums, you can add information to existing forum topics by clicking on topic link, then clicking on “Add a New Discussion.”
  2. Under “Discussion Thread Title” you can write the subject of the posting (e.g. “CDC Job Announcement:  Division Director”).
  3. Under “Discussion Thread Message” you can write the main text of the information you want posted.
  1. If you would like to be notified when someone posts a response to your post, check the box, Notify me when someone replies to this discussion thread” at the bottom of the webpage.  Your email should be listed in text box titled, Email address to notify.”

Members can also respond to you directly as long as your contact information is provided in the “Discussion Thread Message” area.

(*PLEASE NOTE:  The Exchange Forums cannot utilize attachments.  Therefore, all information must be posted as text within the “Discussion Thread Message” area.)

How to Receive Notification of Forum Responses

To receive notification of responses to your forum posts (or any forum posts), you will need to edit your forum preferences.  You can edit your preferences by clicking on "Preferences" above the topic threads or by visiting

Once at the "Edit Forum Preferences" page, you can select the topics and threads that you would like to receive notifications of responses:

  • By selecting the "All" option, you will receive an e-mail notification every time a message reply is posted or a new discussion thread is created.
  • Selecting the "None" option will prevent any notifications from being sent when message replies or new discussion threads are posted.
  • If you want to receive notifications for only certain discussion threads within the topic, select the "Threads" option and a new window will open allowing you to select what current threads you would like to receive notifications for when a new message reply is posted. You can modify your discussion thread selections at any time by clicking the "Threads" option.
  • If you post a message, you can also select to receive an automatic email sent to you anytime someone responds to your posting.

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If you have any questions about the Exchange Forum, or would like to propose ideas for new forum topics, please contact Jamila Porter at



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