- Michelle Torres
State Outreach Coordinator
Responder Ready is a Disaster Preparedness awareness program targeted to Alaska first responders and their families. First responders include fire, police, troopers, VPSO, EMS, health care, emergency management, public health, health aide, public works, National Guard and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.
Responders have a responsibility to provide essential services to respond to the impacts of disaster on the community. In order to provide these essential services, responders must take appropriate steps to prepare themselves and their families for disasters, so that they may be able to perform their jobs when a disaster strikes.
The Responder Ready program provides awareness training on why responders and their families need to be prepared, guidance on organizational preparedness, family emergency planning, and assembling emergency kits.
The Responder Ready “Tool kit” is provided below. A typical Responder Ready presentation is 1.5 hours, and includes a Powerpoint presentation by one or two DHS&EM Outreach personnel, a family emergency planning package, a demonstration emergency kit, and a “Responder Relay” activity. The presentation is tailorable to an organization’s needs with regard to venue, time, and material covered.