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American Red Cross Launches Ready Rating Program to Prepare Businesses and Schools for Emergencies in 16 U.S. Cities From Coast to Coast
Date:9/22/2009

Generous $2.1 Million Donation from Anheuser-Busch Foundation Expands Program Across the Nation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Red Cross today launched a new one-of-a-kind Ready Rating program to help both schools and businesses in 16 U.S. cities with their emergency planning and preparedness efforts.

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Schools and businesses can face a number of emergencies that threaten to disrupt their operations, ranging from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods and wildfires to the possible widespread H1N1 flu virus that looms this fall and winter. In fact, one in four businesses that are forced to close because of a disaster never reopen, and Ready Rating can help businesses from becoming part of those statistics.

The Red Cross Ready Rating program offers free memberships to businesses and schools, which can use an online checklist to measure their current preparedness. Ready Rating members score themselves annually with the checklist and maintain their membership by developing and implementing an emergency response plan and improving their overall score each year.

"Business leaders and school officials know how important it is to be ready for an emergency, but they often don't take the right steps to prepare because they don't know where to start or they do not have the time," said Joe White, Red Cross senior vice president for chapter services. "This program was created to give businesses and schools an easy starting point so they can feel more confident about the safety of employees and students. Ready Rating is good for businesses and schools, good for employees and students, and good for the
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