New online Red Cross tool helps businesses and schools prepare for emergencies
The American Red Cross has launched a collection of free, online tools to
help businesses, schools and other organizations prepare for emergencies
through a program called Ready Rating.
Emergencies like power outages, water main
breaks and medical emergencies can disrupt daily operations. Disasters like tornados, floods, earthquakes and fires have the
potential to cause workplaces to fold and schools to close. According to the
Insurance Information Institute, up to 40% of businesses fail after a natural
or man-made disaster.
In an effort to better prepare for
such events, Ready Rating members complete a confidential assessment of their
current readiness level for emergencies and receive immediate, customized
feedback with tips and resources for them to improve their readiness scores. In select pilot areas, more than 1,300
businesses and organizations and nearly 450 schools are already Ready Rating
members. Members have increased their assessment scores – some by as much as 42
percent. 93 percent of members rate the service as good to excellent.
goal is to help foster a safer central Illinois,” said Anne
Fox, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Illinois Chapter. “This dynamic tool makes it easier for
organizations to get started and to help improve the readiness level for those
who already have plans in place.”
Red Cross chapters
in Bloomington, Canton, Decatur, Macomb and Quincy are also encouraging their
communities to be Ready in the Heartland through
the Ready Rating Program.
information about this valuable program can be found at readyrating.org.