Unfortunately when disasters strike, up to 40 percent of businesses never recover. It is vital to each organization’s survival to be prepared for emergencies. On September 22, the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri will hold its second Preparedness Academy of the year. The Academy is for large and small businesses, schools, government agencies, universities, healthcare, faith-based, and nonproﬁt organizations to better prepare for emergencies.
This American Red Cross summit teaches participants how to reduce risks and build a culture of preparedness before disasters strike. Regional experts provide their expertise on various topics, such as evacuation planning, business resiliency, active shooters, geological hazards, and transportation accidents. Over 200 representatives of local organizations attended the March Preparedness Academy, many of whom will return in September. The March topics included workplace and school violence response, cyber security and how to respond to the media following an emergency.
Rajan Taylor who attended the March event said he will definitely be back this September to learn more about how to protect his employees and business when disaster strikes. He said the event gave great information he can bring back to his staff and build better emergency programs.
Mayor Monica Huddleston of Greendale, MO attended a previous Red Cross Preparedness Academy.
“My reason for coming today (was) to enable my City of Greendale to better implement the written plan that we have.” She said the plan they have is great, but she wanted to be prepared to implement the plan if necessary. She noted that she had learned great information, which will allow her to accomplish this.
Mike Altepeter from the Washington University in St. Louis said he attended the event to learn how to best serve the students, faculty, and staff in the case of an emergency. He says Washington University chose this event in particular because they know that the American Red Cross provides quality information and resources.
John Butler of KMOX said, “Today I attended the Red Cross disaster seminar. It
was incredible, it was the first one, the room was packed, and the information was outstanding.”
It is so important to keep our community safe and prepared, which is why the Red Cross works hard to provide organizations with the most important and up to date information and safety resources. The Preparedness Academy is an eight hour event that includes a wide range of presentations and speakers, exhibits, as well as two meals and snacks for those attending. There is more detailed information about this event on the American Red Cross website, along with the registration form. Let’s keep our community safe and prepared!