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Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council and Safe Communities America congratulate the residents and representatives of Hammond, LA, on their reaccreditation as a Safe Community. In the nearly six years since Hammond was first accredited, the community has made great strides in preventing injury for citizens of all ages.
"By achieving reaccreditation, Hammond proves itself to be a community centered on the safety of its citizens," said Carrie Nie, director of
Safe Communities America. "Many of the local partners have been working together for decades and have shown themselves willing to act in direct response to the community's needs. They are a great example of what it means to be a Safe Community."
Safe Communities Hammond has targeted the leading causes of injury in the area and used evidence-based strategies to find local solutions. This includes using multiple approaches to address drug misuse and implementing drowning prevention programs in response to several drownings in the area within a short period of time.
"Being named a Safe Community again is huge for Hammond," said Mayor Pete Panepinto. "The committee that worked tirelessly to evaluate our community programs and statistics for the report is to be commended. What this shows is how many dedicated people we have working every day to make Hammond a safe place for our residents and visitors. I am so proud of Hammond."
While Hammond is demonstrating the importance of being data driven, it also is exhibiting the importance of being community driven. At the March 13 reaccreditation, community members were invited to join the coalition, a move that could further ties between residents and community leaders.
According to the NSC
State of Safety Report, more than 70% of the preventable deaths in the U.S. occur in homes and communities. No state received an "A" for safety in the report, and Louisiana received a "C" overall. However, Hammond is an example of how efforts at the local level can create safer communities within a state.
For more information about Safe Communities America and the accreditation process, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.
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