Introducing a New Ready Rating Website
The Newsletter for Ready Rating Members
September 2015

Introducing a New Ready Rating Website

The American Red Cross has released a completely new Ready Rating Program Website that will help your organization get prepared for disasters and other emergencies.

Here are just some of the new features:

Your Choice of Two New Assessments to Measure your Preparedness - Thousands of organizations from commercial businesses to houses of worship, schools, non-profit institutions, and even some government agencies have used a Ready Rating Assessment to measure the quality of their emergency response plan.

Next Steps Reports that provide the step-by-step actions to start improving your organization’s readiness for disasters. After you complete one of the Ready Rating Assessments, a Next Steps Report is automatically generated and provides you with a roadmap to start improving.

Enhanced Resource Center with the tools and information you need to improve your Ready Rating Assessment score. The new Resource Center s filled with checklists, sample forms, educational papers and videos from preparedness experts.

Customizable Emergency Action Plan Template Tools - OSHA requires that all employers have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). If you have ten or more employees, the EAP must be written. Ready Rating offers two versions of this tool for members to customize with templates that can be modified using standard word processing programs.

Your Ready Rating Star Rating -While the information you obtain from the various Ready Rating tools has enormous value, having a clear indication of progress is also important. This is why Ready Rating has created its Star Rating System. Remember, some of your stars expire if you do not return to the Assessment page, updating yours to improve your score.Do this at least annually, although many members indicate that it is easier to track as you make individual improvements.

Click here to find out more or to get started with the new program!
Tell Us Your Ready Rating Story

Did Ready Rating help your organization become prepared for disasters and other emergencies or even recover from a disaster? Perhaps you created emergency plans that you did not have before or gathered supplies that you wouldn’t normally have had on hand. Or maybe you trained your employees on their roles in your emergency plans.  You could even have put a back-up data plan into place so that you were able to keep working remotely and wait out the storm.
Whatever your story, we want to hear from you.

We would like to share these success stories with other people – both established Ready Rating Members and those who may be inspired by your story to join the program.  If you are willing to talk about how Ready Rating has helped you get you organization better prepared or weather a disaster, please reach out to us by emailing We can’t wait to hear from you!

Register to Attend a Webinar about the New Ready Rating Program Hosted by SCORE Association

The American Red Cross is debuting the updates to its Ready Rating program during a free September 10 2:00 p.m. (ET) webinar by SCORE Association, a small business mentoring and advice service supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Thursday, September 10, 2:00 p.m. ET
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The American Red Cross welcomes Deluxe Corporation as a National Sponsor of the Ready Rating Program. Deluxe Corporation is a leading provider of small business marketing and financial services, with a full suite of products designed to help small businesses thrive and grow.  The Deluxe Corporation Foundation annually provides funds to help the Red Cross prepare for disasters and other emergencies and the foundation is proud to enhance this partnership by providing additional funds to support the Ready Rating program. Deluxe Corporation encourages each small business and community organization to join Ready Rating and develop Emergency Action Plans.


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