Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program will welcome Erie County, PA, into the International Safe Community network on Oct. 30. This designation recognizes the community’s efforts in addressing the leading safety concerns facing its residents and business owners. Erie County is better positioned to prevent injuries and deaths through a collaborative approach. The designation ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center and is open to the public.
“I am proud of the Erie County Department of Health and Safe Communities Erie for their outstanding achievements in the field of injury prevention in keeping our county a safer place to work, live and play,” said Barry Grossman, county executive.
Referencing Erie County-specific injury data, the task force is working to develop and improve programs to cover all identified risk areas. Community representatives – including local businesses, the fire protection district, park district, law enforcement, public health organizations and schools – came together to develop the safety plan, which has been certified by the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Community Safety Promotion.
Erie County was awarded the International Safe Community designation based on six criteria:
- A cross-sectional partnership responsible for the promotion of community safety
- Long-term sustainable programs for all genders, ages, environments and situations
- Programs targeting high-risk groups and environments
- Programs documenting the frequency and causes of injuries
- Evaluation measures to assess programs and the effects of change
- Ongoing participation in national and international Safe Communities networks
“We have been very impressed with the way organizations and businesses in Erie County are working together to protect residents. As a result of this multifaceted effort, Erie County is preventing injuries and saving lives,” National Safety Council President and CEO Janet Froetscher said.
Erie County is the fourteenth community in the United States and the second in Pennsylvania to become an International Safe Community. Lycoming County was the first Pennsylvania community to be designated. For more information, please visit www.safecommunitiesamerica.org, or view Erie County’s entire Safe Communities America application.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.