Over 200 people from across North America, Mexico and Australia attended this past week’s ‘WorldSafe Summit.’ Themed ‘Training for Global Safety,” the conference focused on 5 key areas: cyber security, transportation, community safety, human trafficking and opioid crisis.
The following pages depict some of the significant addresses that were shared. Thanks to Miller Ingenuity, UPS, Crawford & Company and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center for their support, Safe America is already planning a follow-up meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank for April 26-27.
Safe America Board Vice Chairman Jeff Turner and Clayton Fire Rescue Chief Landry Merkison spoke about the Southside’s human trafficking crisis and what they are doing to fight it. Mr. Turner, who serves as Chairman of the Clayton County Commission, also stressed privately with Len Pagano his interest in partnering with Safe America on a prototype trafficking ‘rescue unit’ and having donations be received by Safe America.
Dr. Anita Ward, Chief Transformation Officer for Operation HOPE, shared her non-profit’s work on ‘disaster recovery score’ (DRS) with FEMA while Tim Echols, Vice Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, talked about the ‘unholy tour’ that he created to show leaders local human trafficking ‘up close.’ Mr. Echols was named Chairman of Safe America’s ‘HUMANS CARE’ Task Force.
Presidential advisor Natalie Lacey, one of this year’s WorldSafe Award ‘Grand Prize’ winners, explained how together with Cliff Oxford and General Honore’, she was able to engage AT&T in launching portable ‘cell towers’ with high-altitude balloons.
She noted that the effort has helped restore cell phone service in Puerto Rico to over 70% of residents.
The benefit of service extended to the economy as 1,000 “SQUARE” online devices were shipped for free to Puerto Rico, being distributed locally so residents can make purchases with their cell phones.
The ‘brainstorming solution,’ stimulated by Oxford Center’s Cliff Oxford, earned a WorldSafe Award from Safe America for its ingenious solution to restoring normal business transactions and protecting people from life-threatening issues.
Apex CEO Trish Johnson – a new Safe America Board member – introduced the audience to a new $15,000 computer simulator that she is loaning to Safe america for its driving school’s ‘test use.’ Ms. Johnson demonstrated it to Safe America instructor Rodney Brown while AT&T’s Karla Riker (below) reinforced the need to change driving behavior. AT&T’s ‘It Can Wait’ educational campaign on anti-text driving received a 2017-18 WorldSafe Award.
Dr. Doug Himberger moderated the cyber exercise that was led from Sydney, Australia by Availias CEO Harold Wolpert. The exercise explored what communities would do if the financial system were shut down by an online hacker. Jessica Robinson, Chair of Safe America’s “Cycurity” task force, expressed her pleasure at the results. “We did something remarkable that many others will be pleased to learn about,” she noted. “I believe we have laid the foundation for a significant second event in 2018 – which could include even more communities – and organizations.”
UPS Foundation’s Alice Turner opens the crate holding a drone that she assembled for the Conference to see up-close. Alice, who works throughout the year with Mary Lou and Len, celebrated her birthday later that day at the Conference (on October 26).
Maurice Middleberg, CEO of ‘Free the Slaves,’ shared his non—profit’s global work to end victimization of people in Third World Countries.
Dr. Tincie Lynch of the VA Hospital in Atlanta thanks the Foundation for its collaboration to offer over 600 ‘WE Care’ veterans toiletry kits this year. After Friday’s session, a delegation of Board members visited the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank which thanks to new Board member Phasteus Brooks has offered to host our 2018 Conference.
Board member Carlos Glatt gets to check out the automatic weaponry used to protect the Federal Reserve Bank from terrorists. Later, the Board members got to sit in the Federal Reserve Bank’s Board room. All left with samples of shredded money that the Federal Reserve offers as a souvenir!