Topics include business and campus preparedness, earthquake retrofitting, psychological first aid and more
SAN DIEGO – February 17, 2020 – Earthquakes, flooding, wildfires, 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 Friday, March 20, the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties, in partnership with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host the sixth annual Disaster Preparedness Academy (DPA) to help local businesses increase their resiliency following disasters of all kinds. The Disaster Preparedness Academy is designed to provide the community with skills and insights necessary to protect businesses, employees, families and communities from the potential impacts of disasters and emergencies.
“Disaster preparedness is as important for the workplace as it is for your home. We planned this event to help small businesses start on the path to preparedness through awareness of risks and honing of emergency management plans,” said Sean Mahoney, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “Being prepared for disasters of every kind is critical to maintaining business in our region.”
Topics presented will include:
- Best Practices in Emergency Management for Businesses; panel discussion with representatives from US Bank, Qualcomm, SeaWorld and Sycuan Resort & Casino
- Emergency 101: “History repeats itself. Has to. No-one listens!”; presenter Sharon Colgan Stone, Ed. D., Emergency Preparedness and Security Manager at Chula Vista Elementary School District
- Supporting Human Capital in Times of Emergency. Implementing Psychological First Aid in the Small Business; presenter Tina Casola, Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer and President at First Alarm Wellness
- Wildfire Preparedness and Response; panel with representatives from Lakeside Fire Protection District, County of San Diego, CalFire and San Diego Gas & Electric
- Earthquake Retrofitting: Reduces Damage, Dollars and Down-time; presenter Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer for California Earthquake Authority
“We know how serious it is for every business to be ready to tackle the next challenge, including unpredictable disasters. The Disaster Preparedness Academy offers topics tailored to local businesses that can build awareness and resilience,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Expert speakers and panelists will provide insight and information that can help local businesses be ready, and stay ready, for inevitable events that disrupt our lives.”
The Disaster Preparedness Academy provides information regarding emergency preparedness planning, mitigation, response and recovery for disasters both 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 3:00 p.m. at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. Individual registration is $40 for SD Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Visit redcross.org/sandiego/DPA for more information or to register. For questions about registration, please contact Leah VanLeeuwen at email@example.com or 858-309-1267.
About the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego and 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.