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Hundreds of Workers Successfully Evacuate in Preparedness Drill

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A safe business is a well-managed business.

With help from American Red Cross preparedness experts, Newmont Mining successfully evacuated hundreds of employees today during a live, full-building evacuation drill at their 12-story corporate headquarters in Greenwood Village.

The drill, which was not announced in advance to Newmont employees, is part of the company’s corporate preparedness efforts. Newmont has provided training to floor wardens and will continue to provide training to help employees be better prepared for disasters and emergencies – both at work and at home.

“The safety of our employees and our community is a core value at Newmont,” said Omar Jabara, Newmont’s Group Executive, Corporate Communications. “A safe business is a well-managed business, and Newmont has a comprehensive, global emergency preparedness and response program to protect employees and communities near our operations.”

This is the second consecutive year that Newmont has staged the full-building evacuation and preparedness training day in collaboration with the Red Cross Ready Rating Program, a free program that improves the preparedness and resiliency of businesses, schools and organizations. Newmont’s practice paid off: the company knocked a full minute off the time it took to evacuate the 12-story building and gather employees in groups arranged by floor.

In addition to the one-day drill, Newmont’s corporate headquarters in Greenwood Village is engaged year-round in updating, improving and testing their corporate disaster preparedness. Other activities have included CPR training and crisis response simulations.

“Businesses and organizations play an essential role in individual safety and community disaster resilience. Preparing your company and your employees for emergencies is part of being a good corporate citizen – and it’s also good business,” said Troy Staples, Corporate Preparedness Manager for the American Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region. “By preparing and practicing, Newmont is safeguarding its employees and improving its ability to anticipate, withstand, and recover from emergencies.”

As a leader in corporate preparedness, the Red Cross offers a range of disaster preparedness consulting and training services, including preparedness assessments, exercise/drill planning and assessment, continuity of operations planning, CPR/First Aid/AED on-site trainings, and more. The Red Cross is honored to be a Premier Partner of Newmont Mining, which has made annual contributions to the American Red Cross to support the Colorado community’s ability to prepare for, prevent and respond to disasters and emergencies.

“We admire Newmont Mining’s commitment to safety and preparedness in the workplace and the community,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region. “Many generous donors recognize the need to give once a community has been devastated by disaster – but we are grateful to Newmont for recognizing the importance of supporting the Red Cross in all that it must to do before disaster strikes, so that we can be fully ready to respond at a moment’s notice when we are needed most.”

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 our blog at or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossDenver.

About Newmont Mining:

Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont is a leading producer of gold and copper. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has approximately 30,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, and health and safety performance.