Have you heard of the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program?
We've been members here at American CPR Training™ since before it began.
...How is that?
We were part of a group introduced to the concept and contributing input on what should be included in the program before the website and program were publicly released. While you might think we wouldn't promote the American Red Cross, since hey also offer CPR & First Aid Training, that's not the case at all. They provide a totally different type of service - they offer community classes by an large, while we specialize in on-site training for groups and especially businesses. Our main focus is getting this lifesaving education out to many and we do this through our streamlined, on-site "corporate style" presentation at ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™, through our experienced Instructors... the Red Cross offers a much longer course (more expensive, of course, too) through primarily layperson instructors... it's just not the same thing. (The American Red Cross is also a sizable, and valued customer of our products, so that makes us rather warm-and-fuzzy toward them, too!)
We feel very strongly about participation in the Ready Rating program and strongly encourage you to join. It is 100% free.
What is the Ready Rating Program?
Created in 2008 by the St. Louis Area Chapter, Ready Rating was originally designed as a marketing tool that would help to open doors and allow conversations to take place within businesses, organizations and schools about how to better prepare for emergencies. However, the program became much more than that in a short amount of time. In 2009 the St. Louis Area Chapter was joined by American Red Cross chapters in the following eight (8) cities for a two-year pilot: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; and, New Orleans, LA.
With the financial support of the Ready Rating National Founding Sponsor, Anheuser Busch, the nine (9) pilot chapters have demonstrated that the Ready Rating program is valued by it members, and helps businesses, organizations and schools improve their levels of preparedness. This is demonstrated by an average increase in members’ Ready Rating assessment score of 14% the first year, and a dramatic 50% in the second year!
In 2010, management of the Ready Rating program was transitioned to American Red Cross national headquarters, and with the addition of Sam’s Club as a National Sponsor, several enhancements to the Ready Rating website and tools were added to the program. The enhancements include a streamlined process for new members to sign up and begin using the program, an update of the assessment to better align with the Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Preparedness Guidance (PS-Prep), and increased capacity to make the Ready Rating program available nationwide. Beginning in 2015 the ReadyGo and ReadyAdvance Assessments as well as the Emergency Action Plans EAPGo and EAPAdvance meet or exceed minimal OSHA standards for organizational preparedness.
Why should you join is the Ready Rating Program?
Whether your are an American CPR Training™ Client, Affiliate Instructor, Student, or just a reader of our articles, there are great free benefits for you by becoming a Ready Rating Member.
As a member of the Ready Rating program you will receive the following benefits:
- Access to the online Ready Rating Dashboard, which can help you to evaluate your business, organization or school's level of preparedness
- Access to the American Red Cross Ready Rating member seal that can be used to publicly display your commitment to preparedness to your constituents
- Optional public recognition of your commitment to preparedness by choosing to be listed beside other like-minded organizations on this website in the Current Member Listing
- Customized feedback and recommendations for improvement based on your assessment scores
- Option to create an Organization Manager account that links the member accounts of multiple site/branches/locations/facilities, allowing for all of the 'child' accounts' assessments to be viewed by one 'parent' account. Learn more...
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