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Event Features Experts on Workplace Violence, Cyber Security

Business Preparedness Academy in Blackhawk, Colorado
“It’s not just good business to be prepared for everything from an on-site medical emergency to a catastrophic disaster in your community – it’s good for your community.” Troy Staples, Corporate Preparedness Manager

Today’s businesses face any number of threats, from workplace violence to cyber attacks to natural disasters -- and the businesses that don’t prepare for them are much more likely to fail.

“It’s not just good business to be prepared for everything from an on-site medical emergency to a catastrophic disaster in your community – it’s good for your community,” said Troy Staples, Corporate Preparedness Manager for the Red Cross of Colorado. “Businesses are essential to the ability of their communities to withstand and recover from disasters.”

In order to help Colorado businesses, schools and organizations be better prepared for a whole host of potential emergencies, the American Red Cross is hosting a low-cost Business Preparedness Academy on Sept. 18, 2013, in Black Hawk, Colo.

The Academy features preparedness experts representing a wide range of crisis and disaster preparedness specialties, including:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. John Nicoletti, a national expert on identifying, assessing and defusing attack-related behaviors and violence in workplaces and schools.
  • A representative of the Department of Homeland Security presenting on cyber security threats
  • Douglas M. DePeppe of Western Cyber Exchange, presenting “Cyber Security for Any Sized Business”
  • Laurie Wonders of the TriZetto Corporation, presenting on Crisis Communications
  • Christina Gradillas of The CELL, presenting on Citizen Awareness Programs
  • Dawn Cashman of the Parker Police Department, presenting on De-escalation Skills
  • Red Cross health, safety and preparedness experts presenting on workplace safety, individual preparedness and corporate preparedness
  • Find the full agenda and list of speakers at

    WHAT: American Red Cross Business Preparedness Academy

    WHEN: 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

    WHERE: Isle of Capri Casino, Black Hawk, Colo.

    COST: $50 per person general audience; $25 per person for Ready Rating members


    Up to 40 percent of small businesses fail to reopen after a natural or manmade disaster, and 94 percent of small business owners believe a disaster could seriously disrupt their business within the next two years.

    “Businesses need to be prepared not only for their own survival, but for the recovery and well-being of the communities in which they’re based. If your business can’t recover from a disaster, it can’t contribute the jobs, services, goods and tax revenues so vital to the greater community’s ability to recover,” Staples said.

    The Red Cross will also be hosting a limited-space pre-Academy Business Emergency Response Training on Sept. 17 at the Mile High Chapter, 444 Sherman St., Denver. Participants who register for both events receive a discount. Visit for more information.

    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 or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossdenver.