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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 11, 2008

Preparedness training offered to businesses, churches

Small businesses and churches in Bellevue will have an opportunity to learn how to prepare for and respond to a disaster. The Bellevue Fire Department’s Preparedness division will offer a workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Bellevue Foursquare Church, 2015 Richards Road.

Designed for small businesses (under 50 employees), the three-hour business continuity workshop will increase companies' awareness of the importance protecting their businesses. Speakers and video presentations will introduce many simple and practical resources.

In addition, table talks and exercises will offer steps and tools that will better safeguard businesses and churches against crises or disasters, including such items as escape routes, out-of-town contacts and an "Open for Business Toolkit." Companies will start business continuity plans before they leave.

Register by e-mail to chuck@tricordservices.com. Any number of people can be registered for the workshop, but only the first 50 registered people in attendance will receive all printed resources and a preparedness DVD free. Additional materials may be purchased on-site at a specially planned low rate of $25 per packet while supplies last.

Drop, Cover and Hold
September is National Preparedness Month, and businesses and schools have been encouraged to participate in a “Drop, Cover and Hold” earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The state Emergency Management Division has more information.

While households plan for disasters, they should remember to prepare for the care of their pets, including preparing a pet survival kit. If your pet is taken care of, you will be better ready to take care of yourself and your family.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering free public alert radios to local schools. Distributed with funding from the federal Department of Homeland Security and assistance from the departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the  special radios sound an alarm automatically to warn of weather hazards and other emergencies.

The NOAA has information on how schools can obtain public alert radios.


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Office of Emergency Management
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Curry Mayer, Emergency Manager
Phone: 425-452-2816
E-mail: cmayer@bellevuewa.gov
Contact: Linda Roddis, Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: 425-452-6807
E-mail: lroddis@bellevuewa.gov

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