Safety is something everyone strives for in life.
Santa Rosa County as a community has set a high mark as they recently received the distinction of being a “Safe Community.”
The distinction given to Santa Rosa County by the National Safety Council is only the 24th award nationally and the first in Florida.
According to Donna Stein-Harris, the National Safety Council’s Senior Director for Safe Communities America, the award is “a really big deal.”
According to Daniel Hahn, Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management plans chief, when a municipality applies for such a distinction all aspects of a community are evaluated.
The National Safety Council looked at and evaluated the hospitals, schools, police, and emergency preparedness.
Hahn indicated the county earned high marks for its disaster plans.
While going through the application process officials discovered they were responding to a high number of falls involving senior citizens.
According to Hahn the county has taken steps to prevent this from reoccurring by having emergency personnel inspect the homes of fall victims to prevent another such accident.