Midland Named Safe Community by National Safety Council
- August 29, 2016 -
The City of Midland was recently distinguished as a Safe Community through the National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program. Midland joins its municipal peers as the 19th community in the U.S. with this honor and the first city in Michigan. City officials and community members formally accepted the recognition at a community celebration during a Great Lakes Loons game in late August.
“This recognition from the National Safety Council is a meaningful testament to Dow’s dedication to not only Midland, but all of the communities in which we operate,” said Rich Wells, vice president and site director, Michigan Operations. “Valuing and monitoring the safety of our communities plays a key role in advancing progress of the regions that Dow calls home, both near and far.”
The program aims to improve health and safety in America by reducing the number of intentional and unintentional injuries: the fourth leading cause of death in communities nationwide. Accreditation is achieved through a detailed process that requires communities to form partnerships with invested organizations, analyze community health and safety data, and develop and implement plans that address key areas of concern.
With funding and support provided by Dow, Midland’s Safe Community Coalition identified three areas to address: fire and fall safety for senior citizens, drug abuse, and mental health and suicide. The coalition includes community health providers, city and county government officials, non-profit organizations, and public and private businesses. With this accreditation, the city must conduct an annual review of health and safety improvements and complete a formal re-accreditation exercise after five years.
To learn more about the City of Midland’s Safe Communities accreditation and action plans, visit the Safe Community site. Safe Communities America is an accreditation program of the National Safety Council that supports and recognizes communities across the U.S. and abroad that are committed to improving safety at the community level. More than 6 million people live in cities designated as Safe Communities. More information can be found at National Safety Council Resources.