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American Red Cross to Host Disaster Preparedness Summit

The American Red Cross will host a free Disaster Preparedness Summit, with a theme of Working Together to Build a Stronger, More Resilient Region, to bring together government, private and public entities to discuss disaster planning. The event, which is free thanks to the generosity of sponsors, will be held at the Gleacher Center, located at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, on September 19, 2012 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. RSVPs are required by September 14, 2012. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register early at:

Join leadership from the business community, government and nonprofit organizations for a day of learning, interactive discussions and a table-top exercise. Attendees will discuss enhancing situational awareness, improving coordination in emergency response and recovery, and the future impact of Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness. The keynote speaker will be Jonathon E. Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the event will feature several other notable panelists and speakers.

“Disaster preparedness is an important issue worldwide,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, we are proud to support this summit and work with the Red Cross, first responders, government and other businesses to ensure communities are prepared.”

The summit provides participants, from both public and private sectors, with disaster preparedness planning tools and resources to keep crucial operations running and to coordinate relief efforts during and following a disaster. The event encourages dialogue between public and private sectors around preparedness and is designated to help strengthen communications amongst these sectors. This year the topics of discussion will include current and emerging threats, sustainable best practices and year-round program activities to support professional development, cross-sector collaboration and community preparedness.

Support from generous corporate sponsors including Motorola Solutions Foundation, CSX, Aon, W.W. Grainger, Inc., The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, ArcelorMittal and Walgreens made this event possible.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago leads a regional grouping in Illinois and Northwest Indiana that serves more than 9.6 million people. For more information, please visit