Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do four key things:

Lanzado en febrero de 2003, Ready es una campaña nacional de servicio público diseñada para educar y capacitar al pueblo estadounidense para prepararse, responder y mitigar emergencias, incluidos desastres naturales y provocados por el hombre. El objetivo de la campaña es promover la preparación a través de la participación pública.

Ready y su versión en español Listo les pide a las personas que hagan cuatro cosas clave:

Learn how you can help your community before, during and after a disaster or emergency.

Volunteer & Donate

During disaster response, affected communities depend heavily on local and national volunteer organizations to provide trained volunteers and much-needed donated supplies. Get involved today by donating to or volunteering with a reputable organization.

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  • Join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and get trained on basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
  • During a disaster, you can donate to a reputable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), and volunteer to respond to disasters and help your community. Remember, after a disaster, the best way to help is to donate cash to nonprofits organizations.
  • Volunteer with your local community or a national organization to support preparedness efforts in your community.

Train & Educate

You could help save countless lives by taking simple actions to prepare your community or organization for a disaster before one strikes. FEMA offers free trainings and education tools to train yourself and others on the best ways to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster or emergency.

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