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31st Annual Disaster Preparedness Academy, ft. Dr. Lucy Jones

Red Cross - Orange County - Disaster Preparedness Academy
Fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorism and active shooters, geological hazards, transportation accidents and more- these are just a few types of disasters that businesses must be prepared to face.

Disasters can, and do, strike unexpectedly. Nearly 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a major disaster. On October 28, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center the American Red Cross of Orange County will host the 31st Annual Disaster Preparedness Academy (DPA) to help local businesses get better prepared for emergencies.

This year, DPA General Session speakers include:

• World-renowned seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, SAFRR Project, United States Geological Survey

• Mr. Randy Styner, Environmental Compliance and Emergency Services Coordinator, South Coast Water District

• Ms. Mary Massey, Preparedness Program Manager, OC Healthcare Agency

“Fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorism and active shooters, geological hazards, transportation accidents and more- these are just a few types of disasters that businesses must be prepared to face,” said Linda Voss, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region. “Businesses of all shapes and sizes can attend this year’s DPA to become better equipped to face emergencies. The steps we take today have a direct impact on how resilient we are tomorrow.”

The mission of the DPA is to provide information to the community regarding emergency preparedness planning, mitigation, response and recovery. The DPA caters to a wide audience including businesses, schools, government entities, faith-based and non-profit organizations and more from all over the region, including Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Last year, over 700 people were in attendance.

The DPA is designed to be interactive and informational through three main sessions and over 20 workshops. Workshop sessions are led by industry experts on topics such as earthquakes and wildfires, terrorism, active shooter incidents, evacuation planning, pandemics, school and university preparedness, business preparedness and resiliency planning, drills & exercises, and more.

Attendees also have access to exhibitors providing information and products to help businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

This year’s DPA sponsors include AT&T, Circle K, Edison International, In-N-Out Burger, Mazda, Mother’s Market & Kitchen, Pacific Life Foundation, Printronix, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, State Farm, The Allergan Foundation and Western Digital Foundation.

Tickets are on-sale now. For more information about the 31st Annual Disaster Preparedness Academy, please visit redcross.org/DPA2015 or contact DPA Coordinator Monica Ruzich at monica.ruzich@redcross.org or (714) 481-5329.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/oc or visit us on Twitter at @OCRedCross or Facebook at facebook.com/ocredcross.