Topics to include the economic impact of disasters, cyber security, business recovery and more
SAN DIEGO – February 20, 2019 – Earthquakes, flooding, wildfires, active shooters, transportation accidents and more – these are just a few types of emergencies that businesses must be prepared to face. Yet, nearly 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a major disaster.
On March 8, 2019, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, in partnership with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host the fifth annual Disaster Preparedness Academy (DPA) to help local businesses increase their resiliency following disasters of all kinds.
“In today’s world, disaster preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. This ranges from protecting your digitally-stored data to creating a culture of preparedness in our workplaces and our homes,” said Sean Mahoney, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “It’s not ‘if’ disasters will strike, it’s when. The training offered at the Disaster Preparedness Academy will help local businesses be ready, and stay ready, for inevitable events that disrupt our lives.”
Topics presented will include:
- Hands-Only CPR and the American Red Cross Ready Rating program
- The Economic Impact of Disaster; presenter Dr. Lynn Reaser, professor at Point Loma Nazarene University
- Cyber Security and Information Technology; panel discussion with representatives from the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence
- Active Threat Response; presenter John Heine, Special Operations Sergeant (retired)
- Small Business Preparedness & Recovery; presenter Susheel Kumar, public information officer for U.S. Small Business Administration
- Building a Culture of Preparedness; presenter Ed Langmaid, managing consultant at Aspen Risk Management Group
“Any disaster, regardless of size, can take a toll on a business. To minimize the impact on employees, property and operations, business leaders must have a plan in place and put it into action,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber. “Being ready to act can mean the difference between a business reopening or permanent closure. We care about San Diego’s business community and the Disaster Preparedness Academy helps local businesses build their resiliency.”
The Disaster Preparedness Academy is designed to provide the community with information regarding emergency preparedness planning, mitigation, response and recovery for disasters big and small. The academy caters to a wide audience including businesses, schools, government entities, faith-based and non-profit organizations and more.
The event is sponsored by the American Red Cross Business Leadership Council members and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. Individual registration is $40 for SD Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Visit sdchamber.org for more information or to register. For questions about registration, please contact Lisa Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-544-1343.
For additional event information, please visit redcross.org/sandiego/dpa.
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 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 redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and 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 SDChamber.org or call 619-544-1300.