On Aug. 25, 2016, Midland became the first Safe Community accredited in Michigan and the 19th Safe Community accredited in the nation. One of Midland's biggest supporters is Dow, illustrating the critical impact corporate partners can have on reshaping the safety of a community.
After reviewing local data, Midland Safe Community – made up of diverse groups like police, fire, hospitals, community foundations, public schools, health departments, faith-based organizations and more – identified three major causes of injury and death:
- Senior fires
- Senior falls
They pulled together groups from the Fire Department, Senior Services and MidMichigan Medical Center to take the lead on programs like fall prevention events and home modifications. They developed a program called Remembering When, which addresses both falls and fire prevention for seniors.
Midland Safe Community included training for the proper handling of mental health crises by police and engaged faith-based organizations to address the issue of suicide.
With the support of major stakeholders like Dow, the proven model of Safe Communities and the dedicated people of Midland, the city has given itself the tools to fight against these preventable deaths and create a safer and healthier place to live.