On December 6, the American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter will offer a free Ready Rating™ Lunch & Learn at Hortica in Edwardsville. Hortica is acting as host of the educational event, sponsored by The Junior Service Club of Edwardsville Glen Carbon.
The event at 1 Horticultural Ln, Edwardsville, IL, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Anyone who wishes to attend this event should call the Red Cross at 618-465-7704.
The Red Cross Ready Rating™ program is a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for disasters and emergencies. Members determine their level of preparedness through an online self-assessment tool. They learn tips and best practices to help guide them through an emergency and how to help others become prepared as well. Members also receive the Ready Rating™ Membership Seal, making their efforts toward emergency preparedness more visible. Ready Rating™ can complement existing preparedness activities for those with safety plans already in place, or it can stand alone for those that are just getting started.
“Ready Rating™ is a great program,” said Robin Summers, the chapter’s Executive Director. “Not only is it free; it provides members with one-of-a-kind tools and resources for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property, all in one place.”
Deane Adam, a regional specialist with the American Red Cross who works closely with the program, will facilitate the event. “I’m thrilled to be a part of helping the Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and surrounding communities enhance their preparedness,” Adam said.
A current Ready Rating™ member will also speak briefly on how their preparedness level has improved after becoming a member of the program.
The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.
The American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.