ReallyReady Really Better Than Ready.gov
The Department of Homeland Security developed the Ready.gov website as a disaster preparedness information point of presence; one member of the Federation of American Scientists initiated a challenge to improve on the Department’s work.
Cory Doctorow blogged on BoingBoing about a project initiated at the Federation of American Scientists. Michael Stebbins serves as the FAS directory of biology policy; he has also authored Sex Drugs and DNA: Sciences Taboos Confronted.
Stebbins told Doctorow of the work performed by Stebbins’ summer intern at FAS, Emily Hesaltine, who produced a revised version of Ready.gov in two months. The new site, ReallyReady.org, does away with a number of perceived failings of the government website.
Those failings have been described at length in an analysis posted at FAS. Some DHS material was too generic, too wordy, or overly repetitive in its presentation. Hesaltine identified several areas of Ready.gov that needed an update, including pages for disabled and special needs people, nuclear threats, and influenza pandemics.
A site update at Ready.gov announced by DHS did not impress Stebbins at all:
Stebbins found some good to DHS’ update, but not nearly enough to address the issues that Hesaltine fixed with ReallyReady.org:
And speaking of colors, Ready.gov does not display the color-coded Threat Advisory on the risk of terrorist attacks that DHS.gov has on its site. That seemed like an odd omission to Stebbins, especially with “National Preparedness Month” coming up in September.
Oh, and Ready.gov was built with taxpayer money covering the expenses.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.