The inaugural Business Preparedness Academy is scheduled for September 18, 2013, in Black Hawk, Colorado. At the Academy, participants will have the opportunity to participate in various sessions and many exhibits all focusing on emergency management and preparedness for businesses and organizations. Dr. John Nicoletti, a national expert on identifying, assessing and defusing attack-related behaviors and violence in workplaces and schools, is the keynote speaker for the Academy and will be joined by other experts in the fields of emergency and disaster preparedness.
“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 business can’t recover from a disaster, it can’t contribute the jobs, services, goods and tax revenues so vital to the greater community’s ability to recover,” said Troy Staples, Corporate Preparedness and Regional Ready Rating Manager for the American Red Cross of Colorado. Having an emergency preparedness plan can even save your business or organization money and help it from losing market share in the event of a disaster.
Registration for the event opened on July 1, and there is still time to sign up. With a registration fee of $50 per person (or $25 per person for Red Cross Ready Rating members), this event is affordable for all businesses and organizations, big, small, corporate or local. Community members who are interested in and/or concerned about preparedness are welcome and encouraged to attend the event. At this time, we are also still looking for presenters and exhibitors to contribute to the Academy; if you are interested in this, click the link below for more information.
In addition to the main event, the Red Cross will be hosting a Pre-Academy Business Training Session on September 17, 2013, at the Mile High Chapter Office. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice emergency preparedness skills. This event is a great compliment to the Academy but space is limited to 50 participants, so make sure to register early.
For more information on the Academy or Pre-Academy, to sign up to attend or to apply to present at the Academy, visit http://www.redcross.org/news/event/Business-Preparedness-Academy.