"ensuring staff are prepared to respond to disasters is ensuring that the workforce has their personal and family preparedness plans in place. Research has shown that individuals are more likely to respond to an event if they perceive that their family is prepared to function in their absence during an emergency."
Now notice the key phrase in that quote
"if they perceive that their family is prepared".We take that to mean that the level of preparations required to be effective in their envisioned scenario are so overt as to scare the crap out of the people needing preparations, and as such CDC personnel would be likely to choose to stay with their families as opposed to "responding"; thereby defeating the purpose of the Ready CDC effort.
The obvious candidate for such a situation is anything which has the capability to reproduce and spread in an unpredictable manner, aka a pandemic such as H7N9.
Large scale preparations are taking place all across the Government; whether or not these actions are justified we don't know. But they are worthy of note; especially when they start ordering medals and ribbons for nearly 50% of their employees and the major battle isn't even fully engaged.
Ready CDC—New—Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).