Air Date: 9-23-2011| Episode: 220
Gary Dietrich, co-founder and president of Citizen Voice, a new nonpartisan movement to involve citizens in the public arena and protect the vulnerable will appear on IAQ Radio this Friday, September 23rd at 12 noon EST...
Gary Dietrich, co-founder and president of Citizen Voice, a new nonpartisan movement to involve citizens in the public arena and protect the vulnerable will appear on IAQ Radio this Friday, September 23rd at 12 noon EST. The Citizen Voice’s SAFELY OUT project, developed with technical assistance from the Red Cross Sacramento Sierra Chapter, is designed specifically to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens in an area, including the disabled, frail seniors, young children and more are protected during a disaster. Joining him will be Paul Jacks, who served as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in California.
Their hearts are behind it
After seeing images anguished children separated from their parents and elderly who were left behind being floated on mattress in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Gary Dietrich felt compelled to do something. He volunteered, was trained by the Red Cross and completed a 10 day working stint in the gulf coast. While working in the gulf region he noticed inefficiencies among emergency responders: their need to search residences multiple times, not knowing whereabouts of evacuees, loss of contact information and important documents and records. Committed to making a positive difference Gary founded Safely Out, a 501-C3 charitable nonprofit organization, on the premise of learning from the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. Safely Out is a simple idea, the development and distribution of a kit to help protect the vulnerable in disaster prone areas. The kit contains simple and practical communication tools to help in the event of a disaster: a door hanger which can alert responders that help is needed or advise them that the occupants are evacuated, waterproof forms, magnetic form and pen for provide contact information. Safely Out isn’t designed to supplant other programs for emergency preparedness. The kits are assembled by a sheltered workshop. Safely Out has successfully partnered with government, business and communities. Safely Out’s work is funded by government grants, businesses and individuals. Safely Out’s relationship with the disaster restoration community began when the group got the attention of Charlie Cassini a restoration consultant in Safely Out’s hometown of Sacramento. Gary has spoken and multiple RIA events resulting in several large financial donations from association members and a working partnership with DKI. Gary was successful in recruiting Paul Jacks, a 31 year veteran of disaster preparedness to lend a hand at Safely Out. Safely Out is an inclusive and welcoming organization. Gary has been successful in moving the needle of the media. We at IAQradio with him and his organization continued success.
Today’s music: Emergency Evacuation DJMillo & DJBony
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