Grant will take Red Cross "Ready Rating" program to 16 cities - KMOV.com

Grant will take Red Cross "Ready Rating" program to 16 cities

St. Louis (KMOV.com) -- The American Red Cross founded the Ready Rating program here in St. Louis about three years ago here in St. Louis. Now, with the help of a $2.1 million grant from Anheuser Busch, they will expand the program to 16 cities across the nation.

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The program is designed to help businesses, organizations,?schools and individuals prepare in advance for how to handle emergencies like floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, wild-fires or hurricanes.

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50-percent of residents do not know how to prepare for an every day emergency let alone a catastrophic.

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Experts with the Red Cross say this Ready Rating program could even help businesses stay open during the H1N1 or swine flu out-break which is expected to hit soon.

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for more information on the Red Cross Ready Rating program.

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