Getting down to business – NPM Tip of the Day

You may have heard the famous quote by Lao Tzu, the ancient philosopher, who once said that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

A profound statement that we think applies pretty well to the concept of Emergency Preparedness, especially since studies have shown that 82% of Americans said they would be more likely to prepare if someone could make it easier for them to start, taking that first step with them.

With that in mind, the American Red Cross Ready Rating program was created as a free, self-guided  tool for helping schools, businesses and organizations to start on the path to preparedness.

When you take a look at the statistics, the need for businesses and other organizations to be prepared becomes pretty clear:

  • 15-40 percent of businesses fail following a natural or manmade disaster.
  • 94 percent of small business owners believe a disaster could seriously disrupt their business within the next two years.
  • 51 percent of Americans have experienced at least one emergency situation where they lost utilities for at least three days, had to evacuate and could not return home, could not communicate with family members or had to provide first aid to others.

Ready Rating begins with a 123-point self assessment that then allows you to create your own personalized plan, gain access to tips and best practices, and work on improving your score.

But don’t let the 123 questions scare you off, since most are pretty simple Yes/No check-boxes (see a sample here) which are then generated into an extremely helpful color-coded results card that provides a great visual guide of where your strengths and weaknesses may be. The assessment consists of 5 sections, focusing on commitment, knowledge of hazard vulnerability, emergency planning, plan implementation and community resiliency.

Once you get a clear idea of where your business/school/organization stands in terms of preparedness, Ready Rating guides you through ways you can take action and work towards becoming a better prepared entity.

Whether you are a business owner, school personnel or lead a community organization, we encourage you to take those first steps towards preparedness today by looking into the Ready Rating Program. Not the one who makes those decisions? Then talk to your boss or group leader today and find out how you can work together to make sure everyone is taking the crucial steps towards preparedness.

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