On June 1, 2016, New Lenox, IL, was reaccredited as a Safe Community. Six years after being named a Safe Community, data showed declines in preventable deaths and injuries.
Since 2010, New Lenox has focused efforts on older adult falls, safe disposal of prescription drugs and emergency preparedness. Between 2009 and 2011 there were, on average, 145 fewer hospitalizations a year in New Lenox compared to the 10-year period prior to accreditation.
Community leaders are now focusing on
suicide prevention, in addition to continuing efforts around other leading causes of preventable death. New Lenox is implementing fall-prevention classes for older adults and creating a safe medication disposal program, and it will continue its nationally recognized Community Emergency Response Team.
Surviving an Active Shooter Event
In 2017, New Lennox also piloted a community training program designed by the National Safety Council, Surviving an Active Shooter Event.
This free training is offered to communities all across the United States. Learn how you can offer this program in your community.