Ready.gov is a vast database of informative and promotional materials designed to give a basic education on every imaginable emergency scenario, and to spread awareness of the wisdom of being prepared. A small selection of the topics covered includes:
- Extreme heat and cold
- Space weather
- Winter Storms
- Terrorist attacks
- Nuclear events
In addition, there are resources on how to make an emergency plan and how to create an emergency kit. There are materials on preparing your place of business, and a kids’ section with games, projects, and useful information for parents and educators of children facing disaster. We think the kids’ section is a great idea which makes the Ready site stand out, though the games could use some improvement.
We like the wide variety of topics covered by this site; there are some events covered here that are not mentioned on other preparedness sites. Unusual events like space weather and volcanoes are represented here in the event the information is needed.
The worst issue with the Ready website is the flip side of the variety coin – we think the website is very broad but not especially deep. There is a basic surface overview of every possible topic, but not a lot of real in-depth education as one might find on other sites. If you have ever seen a government brochure on any topic, you get the idea.
Ready is an educational Public Service Advertising campaign. There are materials to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency, instructions for creating an emergency kit, community connections, business protection planning, and a kids’ page. There is also a place to request printed materials, free of charge.
Ready.gov does not have a store of any kind.
Connecting with the Community
Ready.gov has the most extensive section of community connections we have seen. The purpose of the Ready program is to raise local and individual awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness. There are local state branches of the program, and links to a great variety of local volunteer ideas.
How is the Website?
The website does a fantastic job of arranging a massive amount of information in a logical, visually pleasing, and accessible way. It is easy to find what you are looking for without having to hunt around.
Time in Business
Phone number: 1-800-BE-Ready
Address: Ready Campaign
500 C St, SW Suite 714
Washington, DC 20472
Users can sign up to receive emergency alerts via text; there is also a kids’ section which includes educational games and materials to help parents and educators care for childrens’ needs in an emergency. Also, the website is available in 12 languages, besides English.