The Road to Readiness (R2R) initiative was developed to help Maryland Responders complete the steps required for volunteer deployment. All Maryland Responders, regardless of professional background, must complete the Road to Readiness steps to be eligible for participation in Maryland Responds deployments and to be protected by state liability coverage during deployments.
Watch our video walk-through of how to register for Maryland Responds and complete the Road to Readiness.
Complete Your Road to Readiness Steps
Visit the following links for instructions on completing each of these steps:
Ready Responder Kit
Once you have completed all Road to Readiness steps, you will be assigned Ready Responder Status (see below for more information). Ready Responders are fully eligible for participation in Maryland Responds local and state training, exercise, public health and emergency response activities to the level as their licensure and skill level will allow.
As a Ready Responder, you will also receive your Ready Responder Kit which includes a Responder uniform and ID badge.
Your Ready Responder Kit will be mailed to the primary mailing address that you have listed in your Responder profile. Kits that are returned due to an incorrect address listed in your profile will be held at our office for you to pick up - they will not be mailed twice.
The State MRC Program is responsible for tracking Road to Readiness and issuing Responder ID badges. Any questions can be directed to your State Administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready Responder Status
Ready Responders have completed all Road to Readiness (R2R) steps: Responder profile; Orientation with NIMS/ICS primer; Submitted liability and confidentiality forms; Submitted ID badge photo; Submitted uniform size; Emailed the Maryland Responds State Program to confirm completion. The Maryland Responds State Program has verified the credentials of these Responders (when applicable) and has issued their Responder ID badge and Ready Uniform. Ready Responders are approved to fully participate in all local or state unit activities (incident response planned events, training and exercise activities) to the level their licensure and skill level will allow.
Advanced Ready Responder Status
Advanced Ready Responders are those volunteers who want to take on more responsibility in the Maryland Responds MRC. Responders in this group have completed all Road to Readiness steps and the Maryland Responds State Program has verified their credentials (when applicable) and has issued their Responder ID badge and Ready Responder Kit. Additionally, these volunteers have completed the NIMS baseline curriculum courses (Independent Study-700 and ICS-100). Advanced Ready Responders are approved to fully participate in all local or state unit activities (incident response planned events, training and exercise activities) to the level their licensure and skill level will allow. In addition, volunteers in this group may be assigned to leadership roles in unit activities and are eligible to serve as mutual aid to support incident management in other states.
Required Training for Advanced Ready Responder Status
Check Your Progress
Previously, volunteers had to email the State Program to see where they were on the Road to Readiness. Now, you can view this information at anytime through the training section of your Responder profile. As shown in the screen clip below, a training course has been created for each of the Road to Readiness steps (except for Step 5). As you complete R2R steps or additional trainings, you can add the corresponding training course to your profile. Once all steps are completed and verified by the State Program, the training section of your Responder profile will look similar to the screen clip shown below.
Follow these steps to see where you are on the Road to Readiness:
- Log into your Responder profile at: https://mdresponds.health.maryland.gov/
- Select the My Profile top tab
- Select the Training sub-tab to view the Road to Readiness steps you have completed
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Updated April 28, 2021