According to FEMA’s Preparedness in America Report, the workplace is one of the most effective environments for educating and encouraging people to take steps to be ready for disasters. In fact, when employers encourage employees to prepare for disasters, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action. The American Red Cross and America’s PrepareAthon! offer free tools and resources to increase disaster preparedness in the workplace.

ARC-ReadyRatingEmployers can participate in the Red Cross Ready Rating Program to help their organization successfully withstand disasters and other emergencies. To join the program and become a Ready Rating member, employers complete a 123-point assessment of the preparedness level of their business. After the assessment, employers must take action to improve preparedness within the office and among employees. As a member, business owners can access an emergency response planner to create a tailored disaster plan and progress reports to track improvements. Employers can also find valuable information in the Prepare Your Organization Playbooks from America’s PrepareAthon! These Playbooks are a step-by-step guide to help business owners hold preparedness discussions and table top exercises in the workplace. Find playbooks to prepare your organization for six hazards and start planning today!