Red Cross Hosts Business Preparedness Conference

Mile High Business Preparendness Conference

The American Red Cross will host a free business preparedness conference in Grand Junction on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to encourage businesses throughout the Western Slope to take steps to be better prepared for disasters and emergencies.

WHAT: Red Cross Business Preparedness Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Workshop: 2:30-5 p.m.

Networking/ Cocktail Hour: 5-6 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., Grand Junction

RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 5, to troy.staples@redcross.org

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,” said Troy Staples, business preparedness manager for the Red Cross Mile High Region.

The event features guest speaker John Mencer, Executive director of the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP), and information about the Red Cross Ready Rating program. Attendees will hear representatives of successful businesses talk about their preparedness plans, and take advantage of networking opportunities while enjoying free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Troy Staples, Business Preparedness Manager

For more information please visit www.readyrating.org or contact Troy Staples at (303) 607-4767 or troy.staples@redcross.org.

Media Contact:

Eric Myers

Executive Director

(970)242-4851

Eric.Myers@Redcross.org

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 ColoradoRedCross.org, follow us on twitter (@redcrossdenver) or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.