Red Cross, Portland Business Alliance plan for disaster

According to FEMA, 40% of businesses do not re-open after a natural disaster

A disaster relief kit. (KOIN)
A disaster relief kit. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Business Alliance is teaming up with the Red Cross to make sure local businesses are prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

According to FEMA, 40% of businesses do not re-open after a natural disaster and those that do face a 25% chance of failing within one year.

“We know that if your employees aren’t able to show up the next day, your operations aren’t going to be able to continue,” Amy Shlossman, the CEO American Red Cross Cascade Region, tells KOIN.

One of the biggest risks Oregonians face are from earthquakes and potentially a tsunami that could follow.

As the 2015 fire season is here, businesses are beginning to consider how a major fire could affect them.

That is why the Red Cross is holding planning meetings.

“It’s thinking about how would you communicate with your employees. How would you communicate with your customers in the event of an emergency,” Shlossman says.

The Red Cross says planning will help businesses big and small re-open after a disaster.

“The faster that a community is able to recover and open the doors to those small and local businesses, the better they will be on the road to recovery,” Shlossman says.

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