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American Red Cross - Presentation 01052012

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American Red Cross - Presentation 01052012

  1. 1. Be Red Cross Ready Metropolitan St. Louis Women’s Council of Realtors January 5, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri
  2. 2. Know What Emergencies Impact You <ul><li>What types of emergencies could occur in St. Louis? </li></ul><ul><li>How might these emergencies effect you? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Assess Your Home Preparedness <ul><li>Take a few minutes to complete “My Home Preparedness Index” </li></ul><ul><li>Give yourself 10 points for each item that is true for you </li></ul>
  4. 4. Three Actions to Take <ul><li>Get a Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Make a Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Be Informed </li></ul>
  5. 5. Get a Kit
  6. 6. Emergency Supply Kit <ul><li>Three days worth of supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Additional supplies for up to two weeks in your home </li></ul><ul><li>What supplies should you include in your emergency supply kit? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some Key Items to Include: <ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>Crank or battery-powered radio </li></ul><ul><li>Flashlight (and batteries) </li></ul><ul><li>First Aid kit and medical supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of important papers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Check your Kit Regularly <ul><li>Check your kit every six months to ensure it still meets your family’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate the food and water out of your kit into your normal food supply and replace with fresh supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure all copies are still current </li></ul>
  9. 9. Get a Kit <ul><li>Keep a kit at work and in your car </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain your kit - replace items before they expire </li></ul>
  10. 10. Make a Plan
  11. 11. Decide on Two Meeting Places <ul><li>Outside your home </li></ul><ul><li>Outside your neighborhood </li></ul>
  12. 12. Designate an Out-of-Town Contact <ul><li>It may be easier to contact someone who lives outside the affected area </li></ul><ul><li>That person can relay messages between those in the affected area </li></ul><ul><li>Texting may also work for delivering emergency messages, but you should still maintain an out-of-town contact </li></ul>
  13. 13. Practice Your Plan <ul><li>Practice your household’s evacuation plan twice each year </li></ul><ul><li>Practice at different times, day or night </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing will show if changes are needed </li></ul>
  14. 14. Plan for Pets <ul><li>Include food, water and supplies for your pets </li></ul><ul><li>Take your pets with you if you evacuate </li></ul><ul><li>Make plans for your pets </li></ul>
  15. 15. Be Informed
  16. 16. Know How You Will be Notified About an Emergency <ul><li>How will you find out there is an emergency in your community? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Install Smoke Alarms <ul><li>Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home, near bedrooms and inside bedrooms if you sleep with your doors closed </li></ul><ul><li>Test alarms once a month </li></ul><ul><li>Change batteries at least once a year </li></ul><ul><li>Consider getting a carbon monoxide detector </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>For more information about preparing for emergencies, visit </li></ul><ul><li>www.redcross stl .org </li></ul>
  19. 19. READY RATING Metropolitan St. Louis Women’s Council of Realtors January 5, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri
  20. 20. What if… <ul><li>There is a massive explosion near your city . News is still sketchy, but roads have closed, homes and offices are being evacuated. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Do you know what to do next? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>At a nearby office , a manager finds more than half of his staff are sick with the flu. </li></ul><ul><li>Does he have an emergency plan to keep the business running smoothly? </li></ul><ul><li>Tornadoes cause widespread power-outages in the middle of a school day. A mom wonders if her three children are safe. </li></ul><ul><li>Does she know the school’s emergency plan? </li></ul>Why Prepare? readyrating.org
  21. 21. What if… <ul><li>A manager knows the emergency plans at work, has taken part in drills to practice those plans, and is trained in first aid. </li></ul><ul><li>Would she know what to do next? </li></ul><ul><li>A supervisor has plans in place at home to make sure he knows how to take care of his family in an emergency. </li></ul><ul><li>Would he be able to get back to work faster? </li></ul><ul><li>An administrative assistant at a local company has taken the basic steps to handle emergencies at work and at home, and she knows how her child’s school will handle the emergency. </li></ul><ul><li>Would her state of mind help her to handle the emergency more calmly? </li></ul>Why Prepare? readyrating.org
  22. 22. Consider this… <ul><li>15-40 percent of businesses fail following a natural or man-made disaster. </li></ul><ul><li>94 percent of small business owners believe a disaster could seriously disrupt their business within the next two years. </li></ul><ul><li>One-third of businesses surveyed do not have a business continuity plan in place. </li></ul>Why Prepare? 40% 94% 60% 1/3 82% 30%
  23. 23. Consider this… <ul><li>Here’s the good news—82 percent agree: </li></ul><ul><li>“ If someone could make it easy for me to be prepared, I’d do it.” </li></ul>Why Prepare? 40% 30% 94% 60% 1/3 82% 40% 94% 60% 1/3 82% 30%
  24. 24. <ul><li>Employers have a responsibility to take care of their employees. Being prepared for an emergency is a key component. </li></ul>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
  25. 25. <ul><li>Provides a free, self-paced, web-based framework for businesses, organizations and schools to prepare for emergencies </li></ul><ul><li>Makes readiness measurable and visible </li></ul><ul><li>Supplies information and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizes members for their efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Maintains confidentiality of all assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Renews membership annually </li></ul>Red Cross Ready Rating Program Program Overview <ul><li>Current St. Louis Membership </li></ul><ul><li>There are more than 300 members in the St. Louis area </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Join: Commit to membership </li></ul><ul><li>Assess: Conduct a hazard vulnerability assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Plan: Develop an emergency response plan </li></ul><ul><li>Implement: Implement your emergency response plan </li></ul><ul><li>Help others: Help your community get prepared </li></ul>Five Simple Steps Program Criteria 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  27. 27. <ul><li>Commit to membership in the Red Cross Ready Rating Program. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members indicate intention of steadily improving emergency readiness over a one-year period. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members take the Ready Rating Assessment to determine their baseline for preparedness on a 0-123 point scale. All scores are confidential. </li></ul></ul>Join Program Criteria 1. <ul><li>Sample Actions </li></ul><ul><li>CEO or sponsoring executive endorses </li></ul><ul><li>the Ready Rating Program </li></ul><ul><li>Ready Coordinator is appointed by the CEO/executive </li></ul><ul><li>to serve as liaison with the Red Cross </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Conduct a hazard vulnerability assessment. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather information about possible emergencies that could affect the business and facility’s capabilities to respond and recover. </li></ul></ul>Assess 2. <ul><li>Sample Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Understand threats and assess the possible impact </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the ability of staff to prepare for and respond </li></ul><ul><li>to a disaster in the workplace and at home </li></ul><ul><li>Identify emergency response resources </li></ul>Program Criteria
  29. 29. <ul><li>Develop an emergency response plan. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members create a plan that describes the steps the organization will take to protect people and business interests before, during, and after emergencies. </li></ul></ul>Plan 3. <ul><li>Sample Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Establish an emergency planning team </li></ul><ul><li>Gather and protect records that may be needed in an emergency </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a continuity of operations plan (COOP) that will help </li></ul><ul><li>keep the business functioning during a time of emergency </li></ul>Program Criteria
  30. 30. <ul><li>Implement your emergency response plan. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members integrate preparedness as part of their culture. </li></ul></ul>Implement 4. <ul><li>Sample Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Educate employees on preparedness in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>and at home </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct regular evacuation and COOP activation drills </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire and maintain emergency supplies and encourage </li></ul><ul><li>employees to have their own emergency preparedness kit </li></ul>Program Criteria
  31. 31. <ul><li>Help your community get prepared. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members make one additional commitment to ensure the overall community is prepared for emergencies. </li></ul></ul>Help Others 5. <ul><li>Sample Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Host a blood drive </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt a local school and support its preparedness effort </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute supplies, services, or facilities </li></ul><ul><li>to emergency efforts </li></ul>Program Criteria
  32. 32. Ready Rating Member Support <ul><li>The web-based Ready Rating Assessment serves as a checklist to assess needs and provide direction </li></ul><ul><li>The Ready Rating Program Guide, complete with resources , helps Members through the preparedness process </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with other Member businesses, organizations and schools </li></ul>Support from the Red Cross
  33. 33. <ul><li>Member seal for public display </li></ul><ul><li>Public recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Permission to use Red Cross Ready Rating Program seal in internal and external communication, including advertising </li></ul>Visibility Recognition
  34. 34. <ul><li>Washington DC </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Dallas </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles </li></ul>Nationwide Expansion Ready Rating Pilot <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>New Orleans </li></ul><ul><li>New York City </li></ul><ul><li>Raleigh, NC </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco </li></ul>
  35. 35. Member Survey Results Ready Rating Results <ul><li>The Ready Rating Program works. </li></ul><ul><li>97% of those surveyed strongly agreed or agreed the assessment helped them figure out what to do to be more prepared </li></ul><ul><li>93% of Members strongly agreed or agreed the Ready Rating website was easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>96% of Members would recommend the Program to others </li></ul><ul><li>In the first two years of the Program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bus/orgs improved their scores by an average of 40% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools raised their scores by an average of 57% </li></ul></ul>readyrating.org
  36. 36. <ul><li>Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. is the National Founding Sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, and provided a four-year grant </li></ul><ul><li>Sam’s Club is a National Sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, providing funding for enhancements to help rollout the Program across the country </li></ul><ul><li>American Express, State Farm and Scottrade are local sponsors </li></ul>Ready Rating Sponsors Program Overview readyrating.org National Sponsor
  37. 37. Return on Investment <ul><li>For an initial investment in time and resources, Members can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimize losses during an emergency. Having an emergency plan in place, allows you to respond more quickly and efficiently to contain costly situations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>Membership ROI readyrating.org
  38. 38. JOIN US. The time to prepare is now.
  39. 39. Deane Adam 314-516-2717 [email_address]

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