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Business resilience the focus of Red Cross Cascadia earthquake preparedness forum

The free event is at Tektronix from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday

You've all heard the warnings about the possibility of a huge earthquake in the Northwest.

The chances of a disaster such as a powerful earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone has led many area families to prepare, getting together disaster readiness kits, earthquake plans and more.

But businesses have to prepare, too.

National statistics show that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within a year.

That's unacceptable to the American Red Cross so the Red Cross and local partners are helping businesses protect themselves by holding Prepare Out Loud for Business from 9 to 11 a.m. July 20, at Tektronix in Beaverton.

WHAT: American Red Cross Prepare Out Loud for Business

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 9 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Tektronix, 14150 S.W. Karl Braun Dr., Beaverton

RSVP AT: redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudforBusiness

Forum attendees will hear directly from top business leaders from Tektronix, PGE and Intel about the steps they’re taking to plan for emergencies and the tools available to engage employees, assess readiness, and strengthen business resilience.

“Prepare Out Loud brings together top business leaders to share the steps all businesses can take now to prepare their employees and organizations for disasters of all kinds,” said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region.

In addition to business continuity information, Red Cross preparedness presenters will share information on the science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, how humans behave during disasters, how to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster, and how much food, water and other supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others.