How The Ready Rating Program Works

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. Members complete a ReadyGo or ReadyAdvance assessment and have access to tools, tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.  Are you new to Ready Rating?  Check out the link below for immediate access to help videos about the program enhancements.

Ready Rating Program Help Topics

In this Section...
Frequently Asked Questions
Reasons to Prepare
Essential Steps to Preparedness

Membership in the Ready Rating program is simple. Here is how it works:

     1.  Join the Ready Rating Program 
    • Review the terms and conditions of membership and create an online profile. 
     2.  Take an Assessment
    • This comprehensive assessment will help you to put all of your preparedness 'ducks' in a row. Your baseline assessment will be used to measure improvement at the end of the year.
    • The assessment consists of 5 sections that score emergency preparedness efforts in terms of commitment, knowledge of hazard vulnerability, emergency planning, plan implementation and community resiliency, which are the essentials of preparedness. Learn more... 

     3.  Create an Emergency Action Plan
    • Use a powerful EAP template generator to create an OSHA-compliant Emergency Action plan for your organization​

    4.  Improve Your Level of Preparedness 

    • Take advantage of the detailed program guide and best practice tips available to members.
    • Conduct drills and exercises to test your plans.
    • Implement training programs, achieve certifications, etc. 

     5.  Continue the Cycle of Assessing and Planning 
    • Remember, preparedness is a journey, not a destination.