Today I was at a preparedness conference in Portland, where I came upon this harmless looking and stylish “Ready Book”
I wanted to talk about it because it does tie into my previous articles about being prepared but I also wanted to look critically at it.
First off you can learn more about Ready Book by going to their website here. http://myreadybook.com/
The ready book is clearly designed to give you a few tips about being prepared. It is laid out in 8 sections referred to as Tabs.
Tab 1: gives you basic instructions for completing the book and a simple information sheet it also has a insert for putting a photo of your family I think this is great for any firefighter or first responder.
Tab 2: gives you A booklet to write down emergency phone numbers, and a in town and out of town contact list.. I think everyone should do this..
Tab 3: Gives you a insert for a list of medication’s you are taking.
Tab 4: gives you a insert for your important papers.
Tab 5: is how to make a basic go-kit
Tab 6: is got to make a basic Stay kit.
Tab 7: is where I start to get a little uneasy— Tab 7 consists of some very vague instructions and 5 personalized (numbered) Identification Wrist bands that you can pop out of the page and slap on yourself and your children. The book and website say that these barcode labels will help connect the information in the book to you.
“The next page contains five (5) personalized I.D. bands. Use these in the event of an emergency to help identify you and your belongings
Write your name on each band.
Detach the below I.D. bands only in the event of an emergency that requires an evacuation. Use them for the following scuggest purposes:
Around your wrist to help identify you
On your “go-kit”
On your assistive device(s)
On your pet’s collar
On your Luggage
__(write your own)__
Page 8 is a Medical Care Point or shelter intake assessment tool (form) from the American red cross & US Department of Health and Human Services.
So.. On 7 & 8 I think its important to note that the point of this website is to prepare yourself and your family.
And there are barcoded triage tags out there on the internet and that I do like those ones..
BUT I also this that personal freedom and security is paramount. I feel that adding this kind of tracking to a document published by the government blurs the line.. I do think the program has some potential value as a parent it would be good to be able to link my kids to me in a shelter if they ran off.. But as a parent I am not letting my kids out of my sight. overall I think the Ready book has mostly good tools and the bar-code thing its even a good idea DURING a event, to be given out AT shelters
But to hand it out to people before an event and to condition them to accept it. to accept being numbered and scanned. Well that scares the crap out of me. But
I would love to hear back from my readers. What do you think do you think this is a well put together innocent booklet that aims to prepare our citizens and make life easier for our first responders..
Does this go to far.. Barcoding and cataloging people & things and laying out directives, photos, official documents.
Does this lead to those FEMA camps?
Please comment with what you think and I will reply.