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. The all-day academy, sponsored by Bellco Credit Union, 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.
WHAT: Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy
WHEN: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.., Tuesday, Sept. 30 (Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
WHERE: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd, Denver, CO 80210
WHO: Keynote speakers Lyons Mayor/business owner John O’Brien and Littleton Public Schools Director of Security and Emergency Planning Guy Grace; plus a variety of experts in the field of corporate and community preparedness.
COST: $10 per person for Red Cross Ready Rating members; $25 per person for non-members
Topics at the 2014 Business Preparedness Academy will include:
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 redcross.org/colorado or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossdenver.