Fall Forum Addresses ‘Key Life-Saving Issues’; Promotes New Agenda for 2020
Over 70 community leaders – from Puerto Rico to Connecticut and from Georgia to California – participated in the 2019 ‘Fall Forum’ at the Federal Reserve Bank. Leaders in public safety talked about how to ‘make police safer drivers’ and disaster resiliency Board members hi-lighted the opportunity to introduce new ‘safety apps’ to help make every American better-prepared to survive cataclysmic events. YouthSpark Executive Director Jennifer Swain (in photo above) tracked how human trafficking is a growing priority to address; while pharmacist Jack Dunn showcased an Austrian-made herbal product – SNOOZE – that can help people sleep more safely than sleeping pills. Among other topics that were impressive was Metro Atlanta Crime Commission Mark Payne’s discussion on how to deal with active shooters. Mr. Payne suggested that more work should be done to ‘introduce a new protocol to active shooters’ – including determining faculty members to be designated to have access to guns and to increase training for all gun users in the country. “We heard a lot of ideas that haven’t been well-heard before,” noted President & CEO Len Pagano. “We’ll continue dialogue with our new task forces, helping give Safe America members a chance to address the topics […]
Safe America Staff Celebrates the 25th ‘Birthday’ of the Foundation
Safe America’s staff had a special luncheon this past week, commemorating the Foundation’s beginning in December of 1994. The staff kicked off ‘year 25’ with a prayer – and pledge – to advance the 5 key programs that have grown this past year. “We’re excited about VET Tran, HUMANS Care and all of our transportation programs,” noted CEO Len Pagano. “But what’s also interesting is to see how impressive – at our Fall Forum – were the new active shooter avoidance and cyber security training programs. We’ll work in those 4 areas – plus dealing with Opioid and Vape addiction. I think 2020 will be significant in all areas.” Pagano thanked his wife, Mary Lou Pagano, for her outstanding role as ‘Chief Operating Officer.’ And, saluted Kevin Ward, the newly-appointed Vice President of “VET Tran,” plus Carol Pilgrim, newly-promoted ‘Operations Manager,’ for their dedication. Pagano also recognized Lynda Johnson, the Senior Director for Administrative Services, and Joe Caprara, Senior Vice President for Executive Services, for their performance. Also honored were Senior Vice President Mel Dowdell for work on the ‘new’ web sites, safeamerica.org and safeamericadrivers.org, plus Christy Taylor, the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer. “We’ve had many great teams over the […]
New Leaders Installed for Safe America Board of Directors
Jeff Turner, Chairman of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, has been installed as the Chairman of Safe America Foundation’s national Board of Directors. Mr. Turner, who has been on the Executive Committee for 8 years, shared his vision of ‘achieving national significance at a high level’ in 2020 at the recent ‘Fall Forum.’ Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce (in photo below at far right) saluted Chairman Turner at the “Fall Forum” this past week at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. Mr. Boyce offered his support, noting he was impressed with the work Safe America is doing in 2020. Also installed as a new elected Board leader was Walter Kaufmann, CEO of P3 USA. Mr. Kaufmann, who was born in South Africa and raised in Germany, Austria and France, shared his vision to ‘make the world safer’ via the Foundation’s WorldSafe Initiative. Others added to the Executive Committee include: Henry Edinger (as Vice Chairman); DeLisa Rodney (as Secretary); and, Nguvi Kahiha. Another new appointment was Ben Nieves, who will help lead Safe America’s disaster response program in 2020. Other new appointees were also added, including Reverend Braden Kok from Sacramento, California (who leads a program to fight human trafficking); […]
Trina Padilla de Sanz High School Kicks Off ‘La Seguridad’ (BE Safe), Puerto Rico!
Students at one of Puerto Rico’s esteemed public high schools kicked off Safe America’s ‘La Seguridad (BE Safe), Puerto Rico!’ program, with speakers sharing – in English and Spanish – how to become safety leaders in their ‘Selfie Generation.’ Principal Luis Amador introduced the Safe America Foundation to the school’s students, noting the objective of having teens become new ‘safety advocates.’ English Language Professor Edwin Rosa emphasized that whether in English or Spanish, students need to focus on the ‘Top 5’ topics that risk lives. Those focused on include: disasters (like hurricanes or earthquakes), distracted driving, Opioid & Vape addiction, human trafficking and online cyber hacking or sexting messages. Safe America President & CEO Len Pagano introduced University of Georgia Journalism Graduate Student Andrea Briscoe who noted that being pro-active and sharing how to be ‘safe’ is better than being just ‘reactive’ to a dangerous situation. Ms. Briscoe added that telling a good message using visuals can help people improve their safety behavior. The “La Seguridad” program was launched thanks to support from Target, UPS, Telemundo, ISP and IAEM. Students will now compete through January for digital cameras and drones, with $10,000 in prizes awarded based on students who […]
Puerto Rican Firm Partnering with Safe America; Seeks Increased ‘Disaster Readiness’
ISP President Ben Nieves hosted Safe America CEO Len Pagano in San Juan this week, sharing work ISP is doing to improve disaster readiness in both Puerto Rico and across the U.S. Mr. Nieves – a new member of Safe America’s Board of Directors – has offered advice on how to re-launch ‘Safe America Month’ in 2020. The concept – which ran with #Walmart from 1997-99 – helped over 3 million people evaluate how to be ‘ready’ for any emergency. The success led to millions of people doing ‘safety drills’ and to a partnership with #Verizon and #Motorola on ‘Text First. Talk Second.’ That campaign encouraged people to know that during a disaster, it’s more likely to have a text message received than a voice call (because cell towers get overloaded and cannot always transmit calls). “We’re estimating that we can help millions of Americans be ‘prepared, not scared,’ for hurricanes, earthquakes or even active shooter events,” Pagano observed. “Thanks to Ben and ISP, we can help communities upload a new ‘safety app’ that will help them protect their citizens.” Pagano noted that the Spring Symposium – scheduled for April 15 at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank – will go […]
Puerto Rico High Schoolers Become ‘Safety Advocates’
Students at Trina Padilla de Sanz High School in Puerto Rico kicked off ‘La Seguridad (BE Safel), Puerto Rico’ safety campaign… with 40 students planning to launch a social media contest this weekend via a new ‘Instagram’ site – Safe America PR. University of Georgia Graduate Student Andrea Briscoe joined Safe America CEO Len Pagano in advising students ‘how to use photos to tell stories and protect lives.’ Ms. Briscoe noted that the next generation needs to be proactive in telling about risks – not waiting til they occur.
Thanks to stories, art drawings and speeches, students presented the importance of being safe on the Internet plus avoiding Vape and Opioids. A video on using drones to fight human trafficking was also premiered. It will be one of a series of videos students plan to create for Safe America in 2020.
National retail firm Target offered Safe America $10,000 in prizes (including drones and digital cameras) that will be awarded next month as students continue to advise friends and classmates on how to improve disaster readiness. The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Member Ben Nieves will share more – and will add content on Safe America’s website, also.
2019 Fall Forum
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