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Red Cross Announces 2014 Business Preparedness Academy

The event will feature expert speakers on a range of preparedness topics

Up to 40 percent of small businesses fail to reopen after a natural or manmade disaster – a statistic that Colorado communities stuck by recent floods and wildfires are hoping to beat.

“The best chance of surviving the odds is to prepare well in advance, whether for a catastrophic natural disaster like last year’s floods or a more localized emergency like an active shooter or an IT systems failure,” said Troy Staples, Corporate Preparedness Manager for the American Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region.

In order to help businesses, schools and organizations get prepared, the Red Cross will host the Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Cable Center in Denver. The all-day academy, sponsored by Bellco Credit Union, is open to business and community members throughout the Rocky Mountain region and will feature expert speakers on a range of preparedness topics that are beneficial for businesses both small and large, as well as for non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools and community groups.

Keynote speakers for the academy are Lyons Mayor/business owner John O’Brien and Guy Grace, Director of Security and Emergency Planning at Littleton Public Schools. Featured topics at the 2014 Business Preparedness Academy will include:

  • Insider threat/active shooter
  • Cyber security
  • Crisis communication plans
  • How to write a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and a MAA (Mutual Aid Agreement)
  • TTX (Table Top Exercise): A walk-through of the first 36 hours of a disaster.
  • Be Red Cross Ready: Individual preparedness training for staff
  • Introduction to Ready Rating preparedness program

The Red Cross continues to seek additional presenters for the event. If you are an expert in a field of corporate, community or disaster preparedness and would like to present at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy, please contact Troy Staples at (303) 607-4767 or

Registration for the Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy will open in July and will cost $25 per person for general participants and $10 per person for Red Cross Ready Rating members. For more information, visit