Plans Briefing at USA TODAY Headquarters on December 1
The Safe America Foundation will hold a briefing on December 1 at USA TODAY’s Headquarters to review results from its 2010 ‘Drill Down for Safety’ project that mobilized nearly 800,000 people in 343 states. At the one-day task force meeting, Safe America leaders will honor the ‘Top 10’ organizations who drilled during 2010 and outline plans to mobilize 1 million people in 2011 to be involved in disaster training programs leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Pagano noted that Safe America will be partnering with Motorola, UPS and the University of Missouri in creating new ‘readiness programs.’ This will include:
- A Smartphone educational program, designed to teach people what they can do in an emergency to text and stay in touch with family members
- A national ‘texting drill,’ to be spearheaded by the University of Missouri’s Fire Safety Institute
- A youth program, designed to engage elementary and middle school youth, through 4-H, Boys and Girls Scouts and other youth organizations
Another feature of the program will be Safe America’s recruitment of First Ladies/Spouses in all 50 states to lead local state educational efforts. The program – spearheaded in 2010 by West Virginia First Lady Gayle Manchin and her husband, Governor Joe Manchin – reached 40 states and had the active involvement of Governors and First Spouses in Kentucky, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Washington state, West Virginia, Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Utah and Tennessee.
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