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  • 1. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service! in cooperation with! Texas Department of Transportation Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.
  • 2. Safety City Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ● Preventable Injury is the leading cause of death for children 14 and younger.! ● This age group makes up 15% of all fire deaths! ● In Texas in 2012, 14% of all “non-driver” traffic related deaths were under 14 years of age. The  Problem
  • 3. Safety City Texas A&M AgriLife Extension The  Problem ● Injuries from motor vehicle traffic crashes 2011-2012! ▪ Based on statistics from the TxDOT, injuries to children 14 and younger increased by 39% statewide.! ▪ In those two years, in our 10 county TxDOT district, the increase was 45%!
  • 4. Safety City Texas A&M AgriLife Extension What  can  we  do? ● Education in injury prevention will focus on:! ▪ Pedestrian Safety! ▪ Bicycle Safety! ▪ Seat belts! ▪ Fire Safety! ▪ (and other safety topics)
  • 5. Safety City Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Teaching  Safety  to  Kids ● How do you get kids engaged in learning?! ▪ Make it a “hands on” experience! ▪ Make it “important”! ▪ Make it FUN! Original College Station Safety City (Timber Street)
  • 6. Safety City Texas A&M AgriLife Extension The  Old  College  Station  Safety  City ▪ Making learning about safety into fun. ▪ In the late 1970s, College Station built a Safety City, on Timber Street near Bush Drive.
  • 7. Safety City Texas A&M AgriLife Extension What IS a Safety City? ● A “kid-sized” miniature town, with streets, buildings, traffic signals and signs, crosswalks and bike lanes. ● A place where kids can “put into practice” those things taught by parents and in classrooms in a SAFE and SECURE environment. ● A place where public safety personnel and other safety experts can interact with the kids and help them learn both the why and how of the safety lessons they’ve been taught.
  • 8. Safety City Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Frisco  Fire  Safety  Town
  • 9. The  “Brazos  Valley”  Safety  City  Project ● Grant through TxDOT to hire a fulltime program coordinator with the first year goals of:! ● Establishing a planning committee! ● Identify Key Partners! ● Obtain a site! ● Identify a lead agency! ● Create a site plan
  • 10. Establish  a  Planning  Committee ● We have representation from local Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS, other local government agencies, service organizations, and private companies.! ● We are adding new members as we find those who are interested in helping.
  • 11. Identifying  Key  Partners ● Those people or agencies who have resources or expertise that they are willing and able to share in establishing the facility.! ● We already have a number of these partnerships established.! ● For example, we have TAMU Landscape Architecture and Building Science Department as well as a local architecture firm who have promised assistance in planning and designing the facility.
  • 12. Obtaining  A  Site ● We are looking for a place that will be both convenient for getting groups of kids in and out of, and which will be an “attraction” for our area.! ● We have few suggestions on a site, but no one and no agency has given us a commitment on the site so far.! ● We are hoping to find 1 to 4 acres, in a central, accessible location. (Size related to adequate school bus and car parking, the facility we envision can be on about 1 acre, including classroom and miniature city, if adequate bus and car parking is available already nearby.)
  • 13. Identifying  a  Lead  Agency ● The committee has established a list of expected duties for the lead agency, these include:! ● Serve as “point of contact” during initial fund-raising and construction.! ● Facility Scheduling and Program Coordination! ● Facility Maintenance! ● Probably will require at least one FTE employee to manage the operation and ongoing needs.
  • 14. Building  the  facility ● We plan to fund the facility through donations and sponsorships.! ● Homebuilders or commercial builders might build a miniature version of their “style” of construction.! ● Things like buildings, miniature homes, or “streets” could be “sponsored” by local businesses, naming the street or putting their business name on a house or building for a fee, plus annual maintenance costs.! ● Other things that would require more maintenance and/or replacement, like miniature cars and bicycles could be sponsored for a fee, or financed through donations or fund- raising activities.
  • 15. The  Future ● It is hoped that with help from volunteers and the lead agency, that the future costs and expenses for Safety City could continue to be funded by donations and sponsorships.! ● Other funding options might include “renting” the classroom space for evening or weekend meetings, or even allowing other groups outside of the public schools, to use the facility for a fee.! ● Several suggestions have been made in the committee meetings, and at this time, we remain open to alternatives.