Cause sub-categories: Disaster Relief, First Responders, Family Violence Shelters and Services (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Nov. 25), Legal Aid / Crime Prevention, Transitional Services
“The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.” -James Madison
Public safety in its truest form means allowing citizens to carry out their day to day lives without worrying about threats to their safely or wellbeing -- whether it be from natural disasters, lack of resources, or violence in the community.
Natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, wildfires, droughts, and more, kill on average 90,000 people per year, and affect more than 160,000 million worldwide. Disasters, civil unrest, and other disruptions to normal life result in immediate and long-term effects on physical and mental health, financial security, and over all wellbeing. In the U.S. only 50 percent of adults have more than $700 set aside for emergencies. Few American families have adequate supplies (first aid kits, flashlights, blankets, clothing, medicine, prescriptions) in their emergency supply kits.
Globally, more than 785 million people lack safe drinking water, including 144 million people who rely on surface water as their drinking supply. It is estimated that half of the globe will be living in water-stressed areas, by 2025. Public safety efforts include the need to protect adequate, necessary resources for all.
Donations through the CFC help supply lifesaving equipment to public safety providers and provide education programs to help keep communities safe. There are many CFC charities helping people right here in our own community and around the world.
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