Originally published on Oct. 24, 2011
2011 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards previously known as the Citizen Corps Achievement Awards, recognize the innovative practices and achievements of organizations and individuals that work to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. This year, Cobb County received an award for its Safety Village. Cobb County Safety Village is an eight-acre safety training environment where elementary school students learn about public health, safety, and emergency preparedness through interactive learning modules and activities. In 2011 Cobb Public Health designed a six-part education project with the goal of creating and implementing hands-on interactive safety and preparedness training for children that aligns with local, state, and federal preparedness guidelines. The project, funded by a $78,000 grant from the CDC, was specifically designed for presentation in the miniature public health building in the safety village. Over 20,000 local students are expected to complete this training during 2011.