This application aids volunteer organizations to manage personnel, equipment, and scheduling.
The project was inspired by Sandi Metz's call for programmers to aid their communities. This project, in particular, looks to lessons learned in response to emergencies that inspired the National ICS program. It has often been found that there are plentiful equipment and personnel, but not the organization to know what was available nor the ability to manage it.
The goal of Ready Responder is to offer volunteer groups a program that allows them to track their resources and personnel, especially during emergencies or multi-day events. This application might be used by volunteer firefighters, auxiliary police, Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), CERT organizations, amateur radio operators (ARES/RACES), church based relief groups, shelter managers or even science-fiction conventions.
- Web-based user interface, available from both desktop and mobile
- Tracks complete data of personnel, including attendance, responsiveness, and training
- Tracks equipment, including serial numbers, sources, grants, and service records
- Contacts members via SMS to alert them
- Produces QR Codes of people to allow easier addition into a cell phone
- Will produce QR code to allow people to sign up for events
- Will contact members via email, SMS and VOIP to alert them
The program is currently in production, getting live feedback.
Contributing to Ready Responder
We have a Slack channel at readyresponder.slack.com to give help if you need it.
Getting Started - Dependencies
This is a Rails project that is configured to run on Ruby 2, and on a Postgres database.
Things you'll need to install before running ReadyResponder locally are:
- Ruby Programming Language
- PostgreSQL (version 9) database
- ImageMagick (a dependency of the rmagick gem, used to process images)
For ruby, you can find a detailed list of options on the official Ruby website. The most common applications used to manage your ruby version are:
The exact version of Ruby that ReadyResponder is using is specified in the .ruby-version file.
After setting up ruby on your system, install the
bundler gem with
gem install bundler.
Below you will find instructions on installing the remaining dependencies for Mac OS and Ubuntu.
Dependencies - Mac OS
Ensure you have the Homebrew package manager. Run
brew update before you install the dependencies. You can also use other package
managers, such as MacPorts, but the
following instructions assume you're using Homebrew.
$ brew install postgres
$ brew install imagemagick@6
Dependencies - Ubuntu
apt-get update before you install the dependencies.
$ apt-get install postgresql libpq-dev
$ apt-get install libmagickwand-dev
Feel free to ask for help!
We also have a Vagrant + Ansible setup so you can start quickly. See Vagrant + Ansible
Contributing to ReadyResponder: Coding
Get the project code locally and set it up:
- Install dependencies (Mac, Ubuntu)
- Fork ReadyResponder.
- Clone the forked repository to your development or local machine.
- Set up the local database
- Ensure the Postgres server is started
$ pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres start
- Ensure you have a user for the database
Enter a password and answer the prompts, you will have a user (role) named with the selected privileges. Make sure the new role can create databases
$ sudo -i -u postgres $ createuser -P --interactive <database-username> $ exit
- Copy the example database configuration file
$ cp config/database.example.yml config/database.yml
- Fill in the copied file with your database user information and add
an entry with
host: localhost. Edit both the
- Create the databases (test and development) and apply the schema defined in
$ bundle exec rake db:create $ bundle exec rake db:schema:load
- Ensure the Postgres server is started
- Seed the database with some sample data and create an admin for you to use on the local server
You should note the output of the db:seed, as it will spit out the password at the end.
$ bundle exec rake db:seed
At this point you should be able to run the rails server via
bundle exec rails s, the rails console via
bundle exec rails c, and the tests via
bundle exec rspec spec/.
One-time setup for tests
$ bundle exec rake db:test:prepare
Note: The testing framework will run much faster over time if you run it via Spring. When running rake enter
bin/raketo execute via Spring pre-loader.
See the wiki!
Contributing to ReadyResponder: Community Expectations
We have a Code of Conduct to set clear expectations for community participation. We want your participation in ReadyResponder to be safe, fun, and respectful. We've adopted the "Contributor Covenant" model for our code of conduct, which is the same model that the Rails project itself uses. (Other projects that use a Code of Conduct of this type include RSpec, Jenkins, and RubyGems.)
Please read the Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.