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American Red Cross to Host Disaster Preparedness Academy

DPA presentation

The American Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties is hosting the 29th annual Disaster Preparedness Academy (DPA) today. The DPA offers over 500 attendee’s preparedness, response, and recovery training for individuals and emergency planners from businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations.

Organized by a steering committee of community members, this year’s DPA features eight tracks offering a total of 23 sessions and includes a vendor exhibit of emergency preparedness products and resources. Tracks range in topics from school and workplace prevention, preparedness and recovery to seismic safety of buildings. Presenters are experts in their fields and will lead sessions on subjects such as: Emergency 101, Northridge Earthquake 20 Years Later, Sheltering in Unlikely Places, and Preparing for Incidents like Sandy Hook Elementary.

Keynote speakers include David Ono of ABC 7 who has experience reporting from disasters like Japan's earthquake and tsunami, and the Boston marathon bombing, and American Red Cross Disaster Executive Michael Byrne, a former FEMA Executive who led response teams during Sandy, the Haiti earthquake and 9/11. The closing session will include the Award for Excellence for Disaster Preparedness, which recognizes companies and organizations for their superior emergency preparedness plans.

A post-academy certificate workshop focusing on triage, rapid transit and mass casualty simulation and basic search and rescue best practices will be held on Thursday Oct. 31 at the American Red Cross Orange County office, please call (714) 481- 5300 for more information about this workshop.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.