Workshop Prepares Nonprofits so They Can Survive and Serve

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Our nonprofits are essential to the ability of our communities recover from disasters.

As many as 40 percent of small businesses fail following a disaster. But what happens when that small business is one of the local non-profit organizations that disaster-affected residents would otherwise turn to for help?

“Nonprofit businesses need to be prepared not only for their own survival, but for the recovery and well-being of the communities in which they’re based. If your organization can’t recover from an emergency, what is going to happen to those that you serve in our communities?” said Erin Mounsey, Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Northern Colorado.

Every business will face any number of threats and emergencies. Whether it’s a communications crisis, facility emergency or natural disaster, the businesses that have prepared in advance are in a much better position to prevent a serious disruption to their operations.

In order to help ensure that local nonprofits have the tools and resources to survive emergencies and continue to serve their communities, the American Red Cross and the Northern Colorado Nonprofit Resource Center are teaming up to host a low-cost Business Preparedness Workshop on Tuesday, February 25 at the Larimer County Ranch.

The workshop features a business preparedness presentation, peer-to-peer interactions and an introduction to Ready Rating, a free online business preparedness resource.

WHAT:    Nonprofit Business Preparedness Workshop

WHEN:    4-6 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WHERE:  The Larimer County Ranch, Thomas McKee Bldg - Loveland, CO

COST:      Free to NCNRC members, $10 for non-members

REGISTER:   Use Code: MNW022514

After the Colorado Floods last September, the Loveland Day Treatment School of Reflections for Youth was devastated by mud-infused floodwaters that smashed through the facility at depths over three feet. At the time, Executive Director John Kinnaird spoke of the impact: “Our biggest losses are the obvious damage to the facility, technology, computers and then the irreplaceable stuff…our records.” 

“It’s not just good business to be prepared for everything from an on-site medical emergency to a catastrophic disaster – it’s good for our communities,” said “Our nonprofits are essential to the ability of our communities recover from disasters. If they can’t recover, the implications are devastating.”

The Northern Colorado Nonprofit Resource Center provides quality management support services to help strengthen and connect nonprofit organizations in order to maximize their charitable resources. “One of the ways we are impacting local nonprofits is with our monthly workshops.” Said Linda Hughey, President of NCNRC. “On the fourth Tuesday of each month we host different experts who provide valuable resources, tools and guidance to the Directors, Board members, staff and volunteers that make Northern Colorado Nonprofits effective and successful. This month we are excited to host the Red Cross; their Ready Rating program is a simple, free preparedness tool that all businesses should be using!”