Employers have a responsibility to take care of their employees. Being prepared for an emergency is a key component.
Why Prepare? 82% New national data shows that 82 percent of employees agree that Red Cross recognition of their employer’s emergency preparedness measures is important . Preparedness makes good sense
Provides a free, self-paced, web-based framework for businesses, organizations and schools to prepare for emergencies
Makes readiness measurable and visible
Supplies information and resources
Recognizes members for their efforts
Maintains confidentiality of all assessments
Renews membership annually
Red Cross Ready Rating Program Program Overview
Current St. Louis Membership
There are more than 300 members in the St. Louis area
Join: Commit to membership
Assess: Conduct a hazard vulnerability assessment
Plan: Develop an emergency response plan
Implement: Implement your emergency response plan
Help others: Help your community get prepared
Five Simple Steps Program Criteria 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Commit to membership in the Red Cross Ready Rating Program.
Members indicate intention of steadily improving emergency readiness over a one-year period.
Members take the Ready Rating Assessment to determine their baseline for preparedness on a 0-123 point scale. All scores are confidential.
Join Program Criteria 1.
CEO or sponsoring executive endorses
the Ready Rating Program
Ready Coordinator is appointed by the CEO/executive
to serve as liaison with the Red Cross
Conduct a hazard vulnerability assessment.
Gather information about possible emergencies that could affect the business and facility’s capabilities to respond and recover.
Understand threats and assess the possible impact
Assess the ability of staff to prepare for and respond
to a disaster in the workplace and at home
Identify emergency response resources
Develop an emergency response plan.
Members create a plan that describes the steps the organization will take to protect people and business interests before, during, and after emergencies.
Establish an emergency planning team
Gather and protect records that may be needed in an emergency
Develop a continuity of operations plan (COOP) that will help
keep the business functioning during a time of emergency
Implement your emergency response plan.
Members integrate preparedness as part of their culture.
Educate employees on preparedness in the workplace
and at home
Conduct regular evacuation and COOP activation drills
Acquire and maintain emergency supplies and encourage
employees to have their own emergency preparedness kit
Help your community get prepared.
Members make one additional commitment to ensure the overall community is prepared for emergencies.
Help Others 5.
Host a blood drive
Adopt a local school and support its preparedness effort
Contribute supplies, services, or facilities
to emergency efforts
Ready Rating Member Support
The web-based Ready Rating Assessment serves as a checklist to assess needs and provide direction
The Ready Rating Program Guide, complete with resources , helps Members through the preparedness process
Connect with other Member businesses, organizations and schools
Support from the Red Cross
Member seal for public display
Permission to use Red Cross Ready Rating Program seal in internal and external communication, including advertising
Nationwide Expansion Ready Rating Pilot
The Red Cross Ready Rating pilot launched in St. Louis in February 2008. St. Louis helped launch the Program in eight additional cities in September 2009. Based on the pilot chapter’s success, the National Red Cross expanded the Program to more than 600 chapters in February 2011.
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Member Survey Results Ready Rating Results
The Ready Rating Program works.
97% of those surveyed strongly agreed or agreed the assessment helped them figure out what to do to be more prepared
93% of Members strongly agreed or agreed the Ready Rating website was easy to use
96% of Members would recommend the Program to others
In the first two years of the Program:
Bus/orgs improved their scores by an average of 40%
Schools raised their scores by an average of 57%
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. is the National Founding Sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, and provided a four-year grant
Sam’s Club is a National Sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, providing funding for enhancements to help rollout the Program across the country
American Express, State Farm and Scottrade are local sponsors
Ready Rating Sponsors Program Overview readyrating.org National Sponsor
Return on Investment
For an initial investment in time and resources, Members can:
Minimize losses during an emergency. Having an emergency plan in place, allows you to respond more quickly and efficiently to contain costly situations.
Enhance productivity. Helping your employees become aware of the importance of preparing for emergencies at home and knowing the safety plans for their child’s school could help them get back to work more quickly during a disaster.
Maintain – and even improve – your brand. 88% of Americans trust the Red Cross. When you align with Red Cross, you’re aligned with one of the most trusted brands. Plus, organizations that deliver for their community in the face of a disaster earn the respect and loyalty of all.