Atlanta, GA – SAFE AMERICA ENDORSES PUERTO RICO AS 51ST STATE; RECOGNIZES CRAWFORD & CO CEO FOR RELIEF EFFORT
Safe America has assessed the value of bringing Puerto Rico as the United States’ 51st State, noting that its citizens are ‘all Americans with American passports.’
Foundation President & CEO Len Pagano noted that analysis by Safe America’s Research Department reports that more help was offered to Haiti than Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Pagano added that, ‘states get more disaster recovery and support than a territory does; and with over 3 million citizens being American, it’s not fair to have them treated as non-American.’ Pagano added that treating Puerto Rico as a state would speed its recovery from Hurricane Maria, protecting lives and helping the next generation.
Safe America’s WorldSafe relief effort – which was underwritten by Crawford & Company – witnessed the inadequacy of supplies to help Puerto Rico rebuild from the devastation caused last fall by Hurricane Maria. With millions spent – and power and water still lacking in many sections of the island – the question of disaster recovery remains a major factor for the next 5-10 years.
Safe America will honor Crawford CEO Harsha Agadi at the Spring Symposium this Thursday, April 26, during a reception including Puerto Rico First Lady Beatriz Rossello. Mrs. Rossello will be installed as the new Chair of Safe America’s ‘Capitol Leadership Network,’ a national leadership coalition of over 100 leaders who help encourage greater safety and health initiatives in all states. Puerto Rico’s role will be to ‘lead-the-BE Safe America’ campaign this fall, launching a 10-city rollout from New York to Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC – and ending in San Juan.
“We’re proud to see the compassion that Governor and Mrs. Rossello have for the entire United States,” Pagano said. “We believe that having American leaders in Puerto Rico lead our entire ‘BE Safe America’ program is a tipping point in recognizing that Puerto Rico IS part of America – and deserves to be branded as an equivalent entity – of being a state.”
Safe America’s ‘Spring to Action’ Symposium – which will be held on Thursday and Friday at the Federal Reserve Bank – will address the top issues impacting American health and safety – from the opioid crisis to human trafficking; to the need to eliminate active assailants to improving the transportation network and being ‘ready’ to handle future crises.
Former Lt. General Russel Honore’ will also address the 175 attendees along with CDC Foundation CEO Dr. Judy Monroe; GTX CEO Patrick Betergna; KGH CEO Dr. Kathleen Kiernan; GoWare CEO Alon Stivi and over 40 other leaders of major firms and non-profits. The UPS Foundation is the lead sponsor of the Symposium along with the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, Youth Spark, MAP International and the American Logistics Aid Network.