In recent years, the American people have been urged to "get ready" and to prepare for emergencies - from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. But no one has ever given the public a simple, comprehensive and consistent tool to actually measure how prepared they are. No one has ever provided individuals, communities and the nation as a whole with a practical "gauge" to assess their preparedness, recognize their successes and identify gaps where more work needs to be done. Until now.

The Readiness Quotient - or RQ - is a first of its kind tool for individuals, Families and communities to determine and evaluate their readiness.

See how you stack up against the national average and learn specific steps you can take to better prepare yourself and your Family, as well as things you can do to encourage your community, schools and workplace to be better prepared.

Ready to get ready'

From power outages to terrorist attacks . . . hurricanes or tornados . . . floods to fires . . . the most important message is simple: Be Prepared. Get Ready. Be Informed.
But how do you know if you are ready enough' How do you know that you've done all the right things to be prepared'

Take the RQ Test and find out.

RQ stands for Readiness Quotient and was developed by a broad coalition of experts. Through rigorous testing and validation, experts agree these 10 simple questions are actually the most predictive of an individual's preparedness.

The RQ Test scores individuals on what they know and have already done to get prepared. It also provides the individual with the simple steps to take to improve their score and increase their preparedness.

The first important step is to learn the RQ score. This simple test takes less than one minute to complete.

Get the readiness quotient - "RQ" - by answering these 10 questions.

1. Does local government have an emergency or disaster plan for the community'
Yes
No
Don't Know
2. Do you know how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on the radio'
Yes
No
3. In the past 30 days, have you seen or heard any messages that encourage people to take steps to be prepared for emergency situations in your community'
Yes
No
4. In the last year, have you prepared a Disaster Supply Kit with emergency supplies like water, food and medicine that is kept in a designated place in your home'
Done
Not Done
Not Sure
5. In the last year, have you prepared a small kit with emergency supplies that you keep at home, in your car or where you work to take with you if you had to leave quickly'
Done
Not Done
Not Sure
6. In the last year, have you made a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate in an emergency situation if you were separated'
Done
Not Done
Not Sure
7. In the last year, have you established a specific meeting place to reunite in the event you and your family cannot return home or are evacuated'
Done
Not Done
Not Sure
8. In the last year, have you practiced or drilled on what to do in an emergency at home'
Done
Not Done
Not Sure
9. In the last year, have you volunteered to help prepare for or respond to a major emergency'
Done
Not Done
Not Sure
10. Have you taken first aid training such as CPR in the past five years'
Done
Not Done
Not Sure

Page last updated Thu September 11th, 2008 at 11:07