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Registration Now Open for Business Preparedness Academy

2014-07-22 - Denver - Registration Now Open for Business Preparedness Academy
The best chance of surviving the odds is to prepare well in advance.

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:

  • 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
  • And more!
  • 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 @RedCrossdenver.