CEO Len Pagano visited on Capitol Hill with Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez Colon, sharing continued work to help Puerto Rico deal with future hurricane seasons. Pagano told Cong. Colon that Safe America is establishing a ‘drone program’ thanks to Target and will work with the Puerto Rico Education Foundation to teach students how to protect themselves and their families in future hurricane seasons.
Pagano also noted Safe America’s partnership with the American Red Cross and will be offering more help to advance disaster readiness from coast-to-coast. He thanked Walmart for its long-time partnership, also, noting how ‘Safe America Month’ got safety information in front of 3 million customers for 3 years.
“We are already focusing on 2020 – and National Preparedness Month – looking for ways to ‘popularize safety,” Pagano noted. “We all know ‘Smokey the Bear‘ and are looking at a new version – ‘Safe T Bear’ – who can help teach kids safety issues – even on a French Fry-like package that ‘our new icon’ can sit in.”
Pagano showed at the Capitol Hill briefing a ‘Safe T Bear‘ that was developed with WellStar Health System. He noted he and Board Chairperson Kim Ryan (from WellStar) will be talking to Walmart will be asked to help ‘re-introduce’ the cuddly character in 2020 across all of its 4,700 stores. Pagano added that the term ‘Safe America Month‘ is being re-introduced in 2020, since it has a knack for involving more people. “We all like being Americans – and we need to keep that ‘name’ in front of people,” Pagano said. “When we tell Americans that this is a month to involve ALL Americans on Safety, it just makes more sense AND popularity to our mission.”
Pagano will showcase more issues that will be focused on in Year 2020 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta on December 9 during our ‘Fall Forum.’ Topics will include:
- Opioid addiction solutions, including Cloud 9’s ‘meditation app’
- rescuing human trafficking victims with youthSpark and AMR
- a new training program to survive any active shooters plus
- new safety apps… including one to help law enforcement deal with active shooters
For tickets, contact Joe Caprara at (770)-384-7937.