Safe America Meets with FEMA Leader; Discuss Disaster alerts

Safe America CEO Len Pagano met with FEMA’s Antwane Johnson this week, discussing ways to collaborate on the ‘Integrated Public Alert Warning System.’ (IPAWS).

Johnson and Pagano looked at ways to help the public realize how their cell phones can receive ‘wireless emergency alerts.’ Further discussions are planned in the coming weeks to detail cooperative efforts during September and ‘National Preparedness Month.’

Watch this blog for further details…in coming entries.

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106.7 FM to Broadcast Hour-long Program on Safe America

Cumulus Media’s Greg Talmadge, on-air host of “The Atlanta Report,” will host Mary Lou and Len Pagano this weekend for an hour-long look at the work of the Safe America Foundation.

The program, which will air from 11 pm to midnight on All News 106.7 FM, will explore the Foundation’s work in driver safety, disaster education and veteran support. Among topics covered: new program collaboration with UPS on its Road Code program; and, the May 10 ‘SafeTeen Driving Academy’ at the Atlanta Galleria.

The Pagano’s will also discuss other new programs, including:

- the “Chalk One Up For Safety” art contest sponsored by Sprint and Montlick and Associates
- the “Welcome Home, Heroes!” Veteran Support Program, sponsored by Sam’s Clubs and Allstate agents (and in partnership with The Impact Group, Red Cross and Goodwill Industries) plus
-this fall’s BE Safe America project sponsored nationally by UPS

“The great thing about this interview is that Greg allowed us to get into the details of how what we’re doing can save lives,” Pagano commented. “It was like a Charlie Rose Show – just without the video,” he joked.

“Cumulus Media has been a great supporter of Safe America and we appreciate their entire Team – from Chairman Lew Dickey to our regular liaisons, National Marketing Vice President Paul O’Malley and local Atlanta Market Vice President Jeff Brown (who both serve on the Safe America Board of Directors).”

If you’re interested in hearing he entire broadcast but don’t live in the Atlanta market, watch for more a rebroadcast of the entire program at safeamerica.org in the coming weeks.

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Meeting in Washington Explores Disaster Resiliency

Safe America joined leaders from over 35 national organizations on Friday, meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss how to protect America from future disasters.

The program – co-chaired by UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez and organized by the National Academy of Sciences, focused on launching a collaborative roundtable under the name “Resilient America.”

Safe America President and CEO Len Pagano attended the session and shared a summary of the Foundation’s work, noting it would be happy to offer all participants access to its programming. Pagano explained that the six-year old BE Safe America program – funded in part by the UPS Foundation – offers a natural platform for resiliency collaboration around conducting a national drill. he added with its existing collaboration with over 20 NGO and governmental agencies, it has already attained momentum that can be tapped.

Further conversations are being planned with a number of those present including the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, Operation Hope and the U.S.Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Lauren Augustine, Director of the Resilient America Roundtable, also shared her enthusiasm for meeting with Safe America to further joint collaboration.

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National Guard Meets with Safe America; Discuss Afghan Vets Re-integration to U.S.

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Safe America meets with Col. London of the Georgia National Guard

Safe America Senior Staff met this week with officials from the Georgia National Guard to discuss the need for helping 1,000 Georgia soldiers re-acclimate to civilian life this year.

In a meeting at Safe America’s Headquarters, Colonel Mark London explained that an anticipated decrease in funding will cut staffing available to provide re-entry services by as much as 70%. These staffers are ones who help men and women process the stress of combat ‘back home’ and help keep anxiety from overwhelming soldiers (the high stress has been blamed for an increase in suicides by returning soldiers).
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