The “SAFETY” mnemonic can serve as a reminder of key principles to focus on when working to enhance a Safety Culture in The Villages.
S – “Supportive Community”: Foster a supportive and caring community where residents look out for one another. The VHA Helping Hands program is an excellent example of how a non-profit, Neighbor- Helping-Neighbor provides purchased and donated medical equipment free of charge to another Villagers. Call for assistance: 352.973.2284
A – “Awareness and Education”: Promote safety awareness and provide educational resources to residents. In The Villages, we have more than 75,000 golf carts. The VHA Golf Cart Safety Clinic that is held the third Wednesday of the month at 9-10am at Colony Recreation Center. For more information contact Mike Cullipher at email@example.com
F – “Friendly Community Watch”: Established to be an “observe and report” agency. They deter crime and assist law enforcement to help solve crimes when they happen. Community Watch is on-duty 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Contact them for non-emergency concerns at: 352.753.0550
E – “Effective Communication”: Ensure effective communication channels for safety updates and information. The Community Development District Orientation informational program on how the districts operates and Villagers services. This orientation is offered the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10am at the District office located at 984 Old Mill Run in Lake Sumter Landing.
For additional info: 352.753.4508
T – “Teamwork and Collaboration”: Encourage teamwork and collaboration among residents, community leaders, and local authorities. Consider joining a club, team or church group that assists other Villagers enjoy the activities that are offered.
“The only way to have a friend, is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Y – “Year-Round Preparedness”: Promote year-round emergency preparedness and safety planning. Think – Safety First!
In summary, a safety culture in The Villages brings about a range of advantages, from personal well-being and property values to the overall strength and attractiveness of the community. It’s an investment that pays off in numerous ways.
VHA VP, Central Area