UPS Foundation Honored

UPS and the UPS Foundation have been named the recipient of the 2014 WorldSafe Award for Humanitarian Relief.
Joe Ruiz, Director of the Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief efforts, accepted the award at the Delta Flight Museum.

Board member and BE Safe America Fund Chairman Dr. Tom Cellucci presented the award, noting that UPS has ‘set the bar high’ globally in disaster response as well as preparedness.

Safe America CEO Len Pagano thanked UPS, noting that its support extends over the entire 20-year history of the Safe America Foundation.

“We are proud to have UPS as a partner and look forward to continuing to work with UPS and the UPS Foundation to address the resiliency of America and the World,” Pagano said.

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Donate Now – Help Vets

Safe America is launching a program to help veterans find jobs. And you can adopt-a-vet for as little as $100! The funds will go to host a vet at a resource fair on Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum as well as a dinner afterwards.

Call Mary Lou or Len to learn more…at (770)-973-7233.

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Mason Kicks Off BE Safe America; ACP Pledges Coast-to-Coast Involvement

Safe America Chairman Steve Mason (CEO of BayCare Health System) helped kick off BE Safe America this past week before a live Atlanta audience at Sprint’s Executive Briefing Center, noting that this year’s program is just one more illustration of the Foundation’s commitment of protecting lives.

BE Safe America – which encourages communities, businesses and individuals to ‘pledge to conduct emergency drills’ – is entering its sixth season, with a goal of engaging 5 million people. It is promoting the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA – and it’s upcoming ‘Prepare-a-Thon’ on September 30 along with the global ‘ShakeOut’ drills being conducted on October 16.

Mr. Mason thanked volunteers such as educator Luvenia Jackson, Superintendent of the Clayton County School System, noting that the work of educating people on disaster response is critical to our society. Mr. Mason applauded the Clayton County School System for modeling how a school system can engage students and parents in promoting safety. It was noted that Clayton County is involving 10 high schools and 6 middle schools in a national test pilot program for November 8.

George Huff, a spokesman for the Association of Contingency Planners, shared an overview on how conducting drills makes people better able to see the gaps in resiliency. Mr. Huff reinforced how being involved in BE Safe America is a good way to have companies and communities assess where their weaknesses are and better plan for future emergencies. Joe Van De Loo added that ACP leaders from across the country have already pledged to lead-the-campaign, with Chapters in New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit and Atlanta already active.

UPS Foundation was thanked for its leadership in helping grow the program nationally. 2014 marks the sixth year of the program, begun in 2009 under the leadership of former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and FEMA Preparedness Director Dennis Schrader.

A variety of leaders – representing Sprint, Cumulus Media, Allstate, The Great ShakeOut Drills, Montlick and Associates, Delta Air Lines and Safe America were present for six hours of discussions and planning, resolving around BE Safe America and two other initiatives to assist returning veterans as well as young people. A new day-long event – including three elements entitled ‘Brain Camp,’ ‘Redeployed at Home’ and ‘Safety on the Home Front’ – were announced for November 8. The events – to be held at the new Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta – will be used to raise funds for the Foundations’s programming while serving the three audiences of youth, veterans and disaster preparedness / public safety officials.

“We have launched a 60-day blitz today, which will run through November 11 – noted Safe America CEO Len Pagano. “With our BE Safe America coalition growing – with new partners such as the Red Cross as well as renewing partners such as the Medical Reserve Corps, IAEM, NEMA and Operation HOPE, we are emboldened to press forward, knowing that more disasters are inevitable – and the work we’re doing can save lives.”

Organizations are invited to pledge-to-drill at SafeAmerica.org/pledge and attend the November 8 events at the Delta Flight Museum. To learn more on roles for companies, contact Executive Vice President Bob Surrusco at (770)-973-7233. Below are photos taken at one of three events today, taken at the Delta Flight Museum which Mr. Mason toured with volunteer leaders.

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BE Safe America’s NY Preview a Success

Safe America held a preview of its plans for its sixth annual BE Save America campaign, with a large turnout of business and community leaders in New York.

An enthusiastic crowd at National Grid Headquarters in Brooklyn heard speakers from OPERATION HOPE, FEMA, the Association of Contingency Planners and the World Cares Foundation share their plans for partnering with The Safe America Foundation during BE Safe America’s September 11 – November 11 emergency drill season.

Representatives of Sloan-Kettering Hospital, JetBlue, CIti Bank, KPMG and Catholic Charities were among an audience who heard DSM President Hugh Welsh stress that dealing with a crisis can lead an executive to ‘throw out our emergency manual’ and respond to the situation spontaneously to meet e real needs of employees. Welsh, who is Chairman of BE Safe America, emphasized ‘I’m almost evangelistic’ about encouraging senior executives to evaluate how they would respond to a disaster by planning ahead during a ‘blue sky’ period. He shared a heart-warming story of how his father – the Chief Legal Counsel for the NY/NJ Port Authority during 9/11 – advised him how to deal with Hurricane Sandy by focusing on caring for his employees first – including their families and neighbors. Welsh observed that this led to employee loyalty as they saw how DSM took their families’ well-being and safety as the top DSM priority.

Watch for additional details and analysis next week at Continuity Insights online. More information will also be posted on this blog next week about the September 11 BE Safe America kick-off at Sprint’s Executive Briefing Center in Atlanta.

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