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Business Owners Affected by 2013 Floods Share Lessons Learned

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Each speaker will bring unique insight as to why being prepared is important.

The 2013 Colorado floods didn’t just damage homes – the disaster affected lives and livelihoods and had a vast impact on the businesses and economies of affected communities. On Sept. 30, a panel of business owners and community leaders affected by the floods will share their stories and lessons learned at the Red Cross Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy.

The panel will feature the owners of small businesses in Lyons, a church pastor and the director of an arts district in Manitou Springs. Each speaker will bring unique insight as to why being prepared is important for businesses, schools, communities and places of worship. The speakers will also share concrete examples of preparedness steps that helped them survive -- as well as advice for other community members to help them withstand the worst.

The panel is part of a full-day event aimed at improving the preparedness of businesses, organizations and schools. The Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy will also feature business owners and preparedness experts from Denver and the surrounding areas presenting on emergency preparedness, mitigation and recovery.

WHAT:         2013 Flood Panel Discussion - Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy
WHEN:         8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
WHERE:     The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Drive, Denver, CO 80210
COST:         Ready Rating Members, $10, Non-member, $25

The panel discussion will be the first presentation of the Academy and will feature:
Diane Muno:  Diane is the owner of four retail businesses in Lyons, is the President of  Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation.

Natalie Johnson:  Natalie is the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center and Manitou Springs Arts District, and is the co-chair of the Manitou Emergency Recovery Fund.

Connie Sullivan: Connie is the co-owner of the St. Vrain Market in Lyons and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Town of Lyons. During the 2013 floods, St. Vrain Market provided essential supplies to the community.

Chris Moody:  Chris is the Rocky Mountain Church Worship Pastor. During the 2013 floods, the church provided shelter and volunteers. During the recovery process, the church has provided services for volunteers.

Moderator Laura Levy:  Laura is the Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group Manager, a 50+ agency organization that provides long-term recovery to Larimer County. Following the 2013 Colorado floods, more than 3,000 people in the county were affected with catastrophic damage to homes, infrastructure and businesses.

“The Business Preparedness Academy offers a full day of training and information for any sized business, school, organization, or place of worship to prepare for, respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster,” said Troy Staples, Preparedness Manager for the American Red Cross of Colorado.  “At the end of the day, attendees will walk away with concrete steps they can implement to be better prepared to deal with disasters, in conjunction with the continued support of the American Red Cross.”

Additional presenters at the Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy include:
•    John O’Brien, Mayor of Lyons
•    Guy Grace, Littleton Public Schools Director of Security and Emergency Planning
•    Jim Krugman, Denver Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training and Exercise Coordinator
•    Philip Meir, Children’s Hospital Director of Operational Continuity and Emergency Management
•    Jerrod Milton, Children’s Hospital VP of Operations
•    Troy Staples, American Red Cross Preparedness Manager
•    Justin Baumgartner, Glendale Police Department Community Liaison Officer- Urban Development
•    Scott Schons, FBI Agent, InfraGard Denver
•    Jenny Schiavone, FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division Support
•    Captain Mike Gross, Glendale Police Department
•    David Greenhouse, Business Continuity Manager at Mercury Systems
•    Tony Mendes, FEMA Mitigation Specialist
•    Pam Cox, Level 3 Business Continuity Manager
•    Matthew Varilek, Small Business Administration Regional Administrator
•    David D. Leavitt Jr, Small Business Administration Regional Communications Director

Registration is still available for the Business Preparedness Academy. Visit for more information.