Safe Communities is a world-wide initiative of the World Health Organization, administered in the U.S. by the National Safety Council. On October 30, 2010, Erie joined an exclusive club by becoming the 13th community in the U.S. to achieve the Safe Communities designation. In 2010, there were 214 Safe Communities worldwide.
The Safe Communities designation is awarded to communities that have demonstrated leadership in promoting safety, reducing injuries, and preparing their citizens for natural and man-made disasters. To achieve Safe Communities designation, the Erie community demonstrated accomplishments and progress in the following:
A cross-sectional partnership responsible for the promotion of community safety
Long-term sustainable programs for all genders, ages, environments and situations
Programs targeting high-risk groups and environments
Programs documenting the frequency and causes of injuries
Evaluation measures to assess programs and the effects of change
Ongoing participation in national and international Safe Communities networks
Safe Communities Erie
We are a working collaboration of nearly 100 organizations, businesses and individuals working to prevent injuries and save lives. Membership in Safe Communities Erie is free, and is open to groups and individuals who work in injury prevention and safety education, or who are interested in making Erie County neighborhoods and Erie County communities a safer place. Working together, we are able to accomplish much more than working alone, and your support helps make this happen.
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This information is distributed by Erie County Department of Health, 606 W. 2nd Street, Erie, PA 16507, 814-451-6700, www.ecdh.org.