Kingsport: First & Only Safe Community Accredited in Tennessee

Today is National Safe Communities Day.

The City of Kingsport and the Sullivan County area is one of only 17 accredited Safe Communities in the Unites States with a shared mission of preventing injuries and saving lives.

These communities examine data about the biggest threats facing residents and implement proven programs and strategies to drive down risk. The City of Kingsport/Sullivan County, TN has focuses its attention on 1) Prescription Drug Abuse, 2) Senior Citizen Falls, and 3) Motor Vehicle Collisions as areas in significant need of improvement.

Being recognized as a Safe Community does not mean that a particular community does not experience any safety-related issues whatsoever. It simply means that when issues arise that threaten the public welfare, the community embraces these issues head-on, and utilizes community resources and partnerships to proactively address these issues for the betterment of the community.

On March 20, 2012 the City of Kingsport, Tennessee and the encompassing Sullivan County area were officially recognized as a Safe Community by Safe Communities America, being the first community in the State of Tennessee to receive this honor.  Safe Communities America is a rigorous accreditation program of the National Safety Council that supports and recognizes communities across the United States committed to decreasing injuries and deaths and improving overall safety at the local level.

The City of Kingsport would like to express sincere gratitude to the hard work and dedication of the Kingsport Area Safety Council and its numerous community partners who have helped to achieve and maintain this designation.

Find out more about Safe Communities by visiting www.safecommunitiesamerica.org.

The Kingsport Area Safety Council was formed in 1944 with a mission similar to the National Safety Council. KASC conducts monthly community safety awareness meetings, an annual safety seminar, and supports numerous safety-oriented community projects throughout the year.  For additional information about the Kingsport Area Safety Council, please visit www.kptasc.org.

 

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