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3rd Annual Disaster Preparedness Academy Helps Businesses Prepare For, Recover From Emergencies

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Disasters can, and do, strike unexpectedly. Nearly 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a major disaster and 74 percent of small businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan. On March 3, 2017, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, in partnership with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host the third annual Disaster Preparedness Academy (DPA) to help local businesses increase their resiliency following disasters.


Members of the American Red Cross Business Leadership Council and other community experts and instructors will discuss best practices for business preparedness and contingency planning, will outline an effective active threat response, will run through emergency drill scenarios as well as share the latest information on cybersecurity, among other topics. 


“Fires, floods, earthquakes, terrorism, active shooters, hackers, and more - these are just some of the types of disasters that businesses must be prepared to face,” says Bill Earley, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “Businesses of all shapes and sizes can attend this year’s DPA to become better equipped to face emergencies. The steps we take today have a direct impact on how resilient we are tomorrow.”


The mission of the DPA is to provide information to the community regarding emergency preparedness planning, mitigation, response and recovery. The DPA caters to a wide audience including businesses, schools, government entities, faith-based and non-profit organizations and more.


“Many business executives are prone to ignoring disaster recovery planning because disaster seems like such an unlikely event,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber. “It’s important for every business to have a plan in place to protect employees, lessen the financial impact of the disaster, and re-open the business quickly to support economic recovery in the community.”


This year’s top DPA sponsors include: Chevron Corporation, San Diego Regional Airport Authority, SDG&E, Wells Fargo, San Diego Business Journal, Qualcomm, Barney & Barney, AT&T and San Diego State University.


The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. For online registration, visit For questions about registration, contact Katie Tran at or 619-544-1370.



About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties

The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide: lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. 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 connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


About the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

The San Diego Regional Chamber is the hub for connections and collaboration among the regional business community, and uses that clout to advocate for public policies and candidates that support economic growth and the creation of jobs for all businesses. As the largest local Chamber on the West Coast, representing approximately 2,500 businesses and an estimated 300,000 jobs, the San Diego Regional Chamber is fighting to make San Diego the most business-friendly region in California. For more information, please visit or call 619-544-1300.