Heartland READY

OMAHA, NE   |  www.heartlandready.com

Mission

Heartland READY is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. READY primarily works as an extension of local Emergency Management and National Weather Service. Its primary purpose is dedicated to public safety in all types of situations. We also help with Heart Walk, Omaha Corporate Cup Run, Offutt Air Show, Corporate Cycling Challenge, various parades and many other events in a 40 mile radius. Although many of these events are non-emergency, we are able to help those who have emergency needs by providing radio contact with the event coordinators. Heartland READY is the home of the SKYWARN Weather Spotters who are “on-duty” 24 hours a day during severe weather season. Whenever severe weather is imminent for the area, the Spotter Network

Ruling year info

2021

President

Jeremy Barrett

Main address

PO BOX 4087

OMAHA, NE 68104 USA

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EIN

86-3402532

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spotter training

Learning the basics of spotting all types of severe weather as well as radio communications

Population(s) Served
Age groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

REACT primarily works as an extension of local Emergency Management and National Weather Service. Its primary purpose is dedicated to public safety in all types of situations. We also help with Heart Walk, Omaha Corporate Cup Run, Offutt Air Show, Corporate Cycling Challenge, various parades and many other events in a 40 mile radius. Although many of these events are non-emergency, we are able to help those who have emergency needs by providing radio contact with the event coordinators.

Heartland READY is the home of the SKYWARN Weather Spotters who are “on-duty” 24 hours a day during severe weather season. Whenever severe weather is imminent for the area, the Spotter Network is activated by the National Weather Service through the Team’s Weather Officer. Within minutes of the initial call, the team is out and rolling to Watch-points throughout Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders Counties. A REACT Spotter was the first to report the May, 1975 Tornado which enabled Civil Defense to sound the sirens soon enough to give citizens those extra few precious seconds to get to safety. Spotters put their lives on the line each and every time they go out.

Presently, there are more than 50 active members of Heartland READY who volunteer year around.

Continue to both develop and maintain relationships with the people we serve

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    General Public

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, web form,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Complete restructuring and rebranding to move forward from 1970's ideals

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Heartland READY

Board of directors
as of 1/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Mathenia

Heartland READY

Term: 2022 - 2024

Bryan Melvin

Heartland READY

Carl Dugan

Heartland READY

Nicklas Collins

Heartland READY

Erik Schaeffer

Heartland READY

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/19/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.