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New “Get Tech Ready” Web Resource from FEMA’s Ready Campaign

by Roberta J. Witty  |  August 31, 2011  |  2 Comments

Ensuring your staff is prepared and safe before, during and after a disaster goes a long way in ensuring workforce resilience – in other words, that your workforce will be ready and able to come to the aid of the organization during a crisis event. To that end,  a new web resource – Get Tech Ready – is being stood up by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross (ARC), the Ad Council and Google Crisis Response on behalf of the FEMA’s  Ready campaign. This new web resource is being released just ahead of schedule –  September – which in the U.S. is designated as the annual “National Preparedness Month”, and for 2011 it is the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

According to FEMA  “this new resource educates individuals and families about how using modern-day technology can help them prepare, adapt and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies or disasters. Get Tech Ready provides Americans with tips on how to use technological resources before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs. Preparedness tips on the website include:

  • Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;
  • Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud or on a secure and remote area or flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and
  • Create an Emergency Information Document using the Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan template in Google Docs or by downloading the Ready Family Emergency Plan to record your emergency plans.”

Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Roberta J. Witty
Research VP
11 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Roberta Witty is a research VP in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Compliance, Risk and Leadership group. Her primary area of focus is business continuity management and disaster recovery. Ms. Witty is the role specialty lead for… Read Full Bio


Thoughts on New “Get Tech Ready” Web Resource from FEMA’s Ready Campaign


  1. GRANT COLLIER says:

    You guys need to check your wording – spell check is not enough. Check middle of first paragraph: “To that end, a new web resource – Get Tech Ready – is being STOOD up by the U.S. Federal Emerg….

    Doesn’t seem to me that you need the ‘the’ in this statement – also in the first paragraph: “Response on behalf of the FEMA’s Ready campaign.

    These kinds of problems in the text distract from the message and the credibility of the organization.

  2. Roberta J. Witty says:

    Grant – Thanks for your comment. I had my writer review the post (blog posts do not need to go through writer review whereas our research notes do) and he provides this response: “Using “The” is not incorrect but a preference. FEMA as a standalone acronym is usually referred to that way, without “the,” probably because of the way it’s spoken out loud: “Fee’-ma,” as opposed to, say, “the DEA.” (When the full name is used, “the” is absolutely correct and necessary.) So it’s better to drop “the” when you use the acronym, but that doesn’t make it wrong to use it.” I put “the” in the post because I preceded it with “U.S.” which most people don’t do, but since our audience is international, I thought it good practice.

    If you have valuable commentary on the content in addition to editing advice, we’d welcome it.



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