Our vision for bringing our dream to fruition is demonstrated by the GetReady! Emergency Planning Center. We combine retail sales, education and training, and consulting into an integrated package for the community. At its core is trust, based on personal relationships.
Community is the key to successfully overcoming adversity. We intend to promote the sense of common purpose between individuals, families, groups, businesses, and government officials. By working together, we will meet any challenge.
GetReady!, in the heart of Hampton, can be easily accessed by the broader community. We will spread the word by establishing relationships at all levels of the community, to make it clear that preparation beforehand is preferable over rescue and recovery later.
We share a common purpose with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, local emergency management offices, and first responders – disaster preparation and recovery.
Our perspective is different, though. We think emergency planning should begin with personal responsibility, rather than government dependency. When people, families, and communities lead the way through hard work and perseverance, we are all stronger.
GetReady! was founded by the husband and wife team of David and Michelle Dietrich. They have recognized for years that the world is full of uncertainty and that the stability of our society cannot be taken for granted in the midst of unforeseen disasters.
David is a retired United States Air Force officer. His broad understanding of world affairs and conditions is based on experience as a military pilot, intelligence officer, instructor, diplomat, strategic planner, assessor, and technology developer.
David has been an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over fifteen years. Building on his youth scouting skills, David has learned the importance of self-sufficiency through merit badges, such as wilderness survival, first aid, and emergency preparedness.
David has taken Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training, participated in military survival exercises, Self-Aid and Buddy Care, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR, AHA Heart Saver CPR and AED courses, and SOLO Wilderness First Aid.
Michelle is also a retired United States Air Force officer. Her experience is as a television writer/director/producer, public affairs officer, and diplomat. She edited newspapers and magazines, guided civic leader tours, and directed plans, programs, and media relations.
Michelle has been an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over thirteen years. She has held numerous positions, including Cub Master, Committee Chairman, and Training Chairman, and counseled boys in merit badges like Family Life and Communications.
Michelle has participated in military survival exercises, Self-Aid and Buddy Care, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR, AHA Heart Saver CPR and AED courses, and CERT training exercises. She has seen first hand the results of natural disasters in other nations.