On Friday, February 17, 2012, the City of Hammond, Louisiana, was designated a Safe Community America by the International Safe Community movement. Hammond is the first City in the State of Louisiana and 18th in the United States to be designated. Hammond Mayor Mason Foster and National Safety Council Ms. Donna Stein-Harris were joined by about 70 invited guests at the designation ceremony.
Safe Communities America, a program of the National Safety Council, is the Safe Communities Affiliate Support Center as well as a Certifying Center for the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center.
The Safe Communities concept is based on systematic, sustained and cross-sector collaboration for safety promotion and injury prevention, and was originally developed by the World Health Organization more than two decades ago. It leads to a higher standard of living with fewer injuries and death, and an increased feeling of safety for the inhabitants of the community. It also reduces costs in several sectors such as hospitals and social services as well as insurance fees. Our overall objective is the prevention of deaths and injuries caused by accidents, violence, suicide or natural disaster.
Here are photos of the designating ceremony and the Mardi Gras parade that followed.