Red Cross Ready Rating Program​​

Red Cross Ready Rating Program

Make sure your organization is safe and ready

The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies.

It provides information and tools in a simple, actionable way, and publicly acknowledges its members for their commitment to improving preparedness with a recognition seal that can be displayed in their place of operation. Members complete a 123-point self-assessment of their level of preparedness, gain access to tips and best practices, and commit to improving their score each year to maintain continual membership.

How It Works

The Ready Rating Program is designed to help your business or organization get better prepared for emergencies. Below are the five cornerstone preparedness actions of the Ready Rating program. When you join the Ready Rating program, you’ll get access to a detailed Ready Rating Program Guide that guides you through each of these steps. This condensed version of the Program Guide is designed to provide a snapshot of how the American Red Cross can help your business get better prepared.

The 123-point Red Cross Ready Rating 123 Assessment tool and Ready Rating 123 Program Guide are the result of a comprehensive review of preparedness recommendations conducted by the American Red Cross National Office of Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, the national Ready Rating team, and the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. All Ready Rating program steps and recommendations are grounded in scientific research, best practices and/or expert opinion from respected professionals representing multiple relevant disciplines and perspectives to help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.

The Five Cornerstone Preparedness Actions of the Ready Rating Program

1. Commit to Preparedness:
This step indicates your commitment to increasing your school’s level of emergency preparedness during the course of the calendar year. You will be working to make your school more prepared and to enhance overall community preparedness. Key actions for this step include:

  • Having your school make preparedness a priority by having senior leadership involved
  • Appointing a Ready Rating liaison dedicated to completing the 123 Assessment

2. Conduct a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment:
This step involves gathering information about possible emergencies that could impact your school’s capabilities to respond to, and recover from, a disaster or other emergency. Key actions for this step include:

  • Know your region and the types of disasters most likely to impact your school
  • Obtain a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment from your local emergency management agency
  • Consider which hazards your school is most likely to experience, based on both proximity and past events
  • Know your school’s current capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster
  • Assess the physical capacity, supplies, equipment and human resources of your facility to resist damage during a disaster

3. Develop an Emergency Response Plan:
An emergency response plan describes the steps your school will take to protect your students and employees before, during and after an emergency. Key actions for this step include:

  • Identify an emergency planning committee that is responsible for developing and implementing an emergency response plan
  • Develop a written plan that describes how your school will respond during and after a disaster or medical emergency
  • Create a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

4. Implement Your Emergency Response Plan:
This step involves continuing to work with the planning committee to implement the emergency response plan with employees. The key to implementing the plan is to make preparedness a part of the school culture. Key actions for this step include:

  • Train staff on a regular basis about what to do during a disaster or emergency
  • Acquire and maintain needed safety equipment and emergency preparedness supplies
  • Show staff how to be prepared at work and at home, so they are better equipped to help the school respond to and recover from an emergency
  • Conduct and assess regular drills and exercises to help determine the readiness of your staff and facilities

5. Help Your Community Get Prepared:
Now that your school and staff are prepared, make at least one additional commitment to ensure that the overall community is prepared for a disaster or other emergency. Key actions for this step include:

  • Host blood drives
  • Contribute supplies and/or services to emergency response efforts
  • Adopt another local school or school district, and support their disaster and emergency preparedness programs

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