August 17, 2016 – After a year-long accreditation process, the City of Midland has received designation as a Safe Community through the National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America® program. The City becomes just the nineteenth community in America and the first one in the state of Michigan to receive this recognition.
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.
Through this process, the City’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. The endeavor was made possible through generous funding and support from The Dow Chemical Company.
Now that accreditation has been achieved, the City must conduct an annual review of health and safety improvements and, after five years, must complete a formal re-accreditation exercise.
“The accreditation process did more than help us earn recognition as a community; it also helped us identify significant issues in Midland that need more attention and support,” says Joy Buchanan, Midland’s Safe Communities Coordinator. “Through the Coalition’s efforts, all of our residents will enjoy benefits that come from this program. We’re excited to have this opportunity to implement solutions that will improve the health and safety of our community for years to come.”
The City will officially accept the recognition at a community celebration during the Great Lake Loons game against the Fort Wayne Tin Caps on Thursday, August 25. A limited number of tickets to the game will be given away via the City of Midland’s Facebook page leading up to the event.
For more information about the City of Midland’s Safe Communities accreditation and action plans, please visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/1625/Safe-Communities-America.
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. Today, over 6 million people live in a Safe Communities city. For more information, visit www.nsc.org/learn.