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Itasca, IL – The City of Midland, MI, became an accredited Safe Community by the National Safety Council. It is just the 19th community in the United States and the first in Michigan to receive the distinction, and it represents a multiyear data review to identify the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths impacting Midland residents.
"Midland's commitment to the safety of its residents is laudable," said Kelly Nantel, vice president of communications and advocacy at NSC. "The data told them where to go, and they followed it closely. We are thrilled to accredit Midland as a Safe Community."
Careful examination found that fires, older adult falls, substance abuse and suicide affect Midland residents most. Local law enforcement, the Midland Fire Department, local medical and public health professionals, faith-based organizations, local businesses, schools and concerned community members began working together to implement prevention programs. Some of these efforts include:
"Midland is incredibly proud to have received a Safe Community accreditation from the National Safety Council," said Midland Mayor Maureen Donker. "Safety is foremost in our community and while we have improvements to make, we are fortunate to have such good safety and health statistics. We are dedicated to improvement especially in areas relative to mental health and drug abuse."
For more information, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.
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