Thousands of school faculty, staff and students at Harris-Stowe State University are now better prepared to respond to emergencies. As the 500th regional member of the Ready Rating™ program, Harris-Stowe has committed to providing a safer environment in which to work and learn.
“We are delighted to have Harris-Stowe State University join our Ready Rating™ Program,” said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “With every new member, our community becomes better prepared to respond to emergencies.”
“It makes sense for Harris-Stowe to partner with the Red Cross because we need to keep our emergency plan up to date, and we want it to be as comprehensive as possible,” said Howard Richards, Executive Director of Institutional Security and Development. “Harris-Stowe views the Red Cross as the premier organization with regards to emergency services, and it is best equipped to handle these types of emergencies.”
The Ready Rating™ Program is a free, self-guided program that allows members to determine their level of preparedness through a 1-2-3, online self-assessment tool. Members 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.
Additionally, the Red Cross can provide a number of services to members in order to enhance their emergency preparedness efforts.
Recent research shows that more than half of Americans say they don’t feel prepared for an everyday emergency, let alone a catastrophe, but 82 percent of Americans agree “if someone could make it easy for me to be prepared, I’d do it.”
The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.