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SALF's Resolution Passes at US Conference of Mayors

Meeting in Las Vegas


Community Response Committees to be Created in Cities Nationwide

June 08,2006
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Spizzirri and FEMA Director R. David Paulison at US Conference of Mayors


(USMC) in Las Vegas. Spizzirri and Paulison see eye to eye on the importance o
community emergency preparedness.

Citing the need for cities to take the lead in providing Americans with vital life saving skills for emergencies, SALF’s
founder Carol Spizzirri, in conjunction with Mayor Rita Mullins of Palatine, IL, spearheaded the passage of the
Community Response System Initiative Resolution at the 74th Annual Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors.

The resolution, voted on by mayors from cities nationwide, calls for mayors to formulate Community Response System
Initiative (CRSI) committees that will train citizens, including children (K-12), to be active bystanders in cases of
emergency by using life supporting first aid skills. The committees will also investigate preparedness issues that support
life saving efforts for communities in case of emergency.

The conference was a gathering of over 200 of the nation’s mayors June 2-6 to confer on issues affecting America’s
cities. Policy committees at the conference debated various resolutions which were open to be voted on by the entire
membership.

“We went to the mayor’s conference with high hopes that our nation’s mayors cared as much about equipping our
communities with life supporting first aid skills as we do,” said SALF’s president and founder Carol Spizzirri. “The
successful passage of this resolution supporting training in these basic life saving skills proves that our nation’s mayors
are equally dedicated to this important mission.”

Spizzirri and Sen. John McCain (AZ) at US Conference of Mayors. McCain


offered encouragement to Spizzirri’s work securing passage of SALF’s
Community Response System Initiative resolution.
Other elected officials who provided critical assistance in the passage of the CRIS resolution include Irma Anderson,
Mayor of Richmond, CA. Mayor Anderson serves as chair of the Children, Health and Human Services committee and
used her influence to guide the resolution through her committee which allowed the resolution be passed by the
conference as a whole.

rma Anderson, Mayor of Richmond, CA and Chair of the Health Cmte. for the
USCM offered Carol Spizzirri unparalleled support in passage of the CRSI
esolution.

David Wallace, Mayor of Sugar Land, TX (center) chairs a meeting of the US


Conference of Mayors Homeland Security Task Force. Panelists include George
Foresman (l) Under Secretary for Preparedness and FEMA Director R. David
Paulison.

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74 ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2 – 6, 2006

TOURISM, ARTS, PARKS, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS


1. THE URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM AND URBAN FOREST
RESEARCH 1
2. COMMUNITY TREES 3
3. ENDORSING AND SUPPORTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW NATIONAL
AGENDA FOR URBAN PARKS AND RECREATION 5
4. NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH 8
5. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ARTS, HUMANITIES AND MUSEUMS 10
6. ENCOURAGING THE RESTORATION OF READING BY CITY RESIDENTS AS AN
ESSENTIAL AND ENLIGHTENING HUMAN ENDEAVOR 13
7. PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR ARTS EDUCATION 15
8. FACILITATING AND PROMOTING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO THE UNITED
STATES 17
9. FACILITATING CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL WITHIN THE WESTERN
HEMISPHERE 18
10. PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON TRAVEL AND TOURISM 19

CHILDREN, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


12. REAUTHORIZATION OF RYAN WHITE CARE ACT 20
13. SUPPORTING AND ENCOURAGING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE
JEFFERSON AWARDS 24

15. HEALTH DISPARITIES 28


16. SUPPORTING PARKINSON’S AWARENESS 30
17. COMMUNITY RESPONSE SYSTEM INITIATIVE 32
18. INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM (LIHEAP) 34

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING


19. SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) 36
20. SUPPORTING THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME) PROGRAM ... 40
21. EXPANDING HUD’S DEFINITION OF HOMELESSNESS 42
22. ENDORSING INNOVATIVE POLICIES TO SUCCESSFULLY END CHRONIC
HOMELESSNESS ACROSS THE NATION 45
23. IMPROVING HOMELESSNESS PROGRAMS AND CONTINUUM OF CARE 48
24. CONSOLIDATED HOMELESS PROGRAM RESOLUTION 50
Resolution No.17

Submitted By:

The Honorable Rita L. Mullins


Mayor of Palatine

The Honorable Marty Blum


Mayor of Santa Barbara

The Honorable Manuel A. Diaz


Mayor of Miami

The Honorable Ross Ferraro


Mayor of Carol Stream

The Honorable Patrick Henry Hays


Mayor of North Little Rock

The Honorable Elizabeth B. Kautz


Mayor of Burnsville

The Honorable Irma L. Anderson


Mayor of Richmond, CA

The Honorable Donald L. Plusquellic


Mayor of Akron

COMMUNITY RESPONSE SYSTEM INITIATIVE

1. WHEREAS, the safety of our citizens, especially our


children are at risk in the event of a crisis, whether it
be natural, or man-made; and

2. WHEREAS, injuries are the number one killer of children and


young adults in the United States; and

3. WHEREAS, the prompt provision of emergency medical care,


both in and out of hospitals, can limit the consequences of
injuries and mitigate disabilities, even death; and

4. WHEREAS, according to Centers for Disease Control and


Prevention in 2002 more than 160,000 people died from
injuries and people experienced more than 28 million non-
fatal injuries serious enough to require a visit to the

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emergency department. Injuries, including unintentional
injuries, are the leading cause of death for people ages 1
to 4 4 . Injury is the leading cause of years of potential
life lost before age 6 5 . Approximately one-third of all
emergency department visits and 8% of all hospital stays
result from injuries; and

5. WHEREAS, in the event of an emergency, there is a gap


between the time of the emergency and the time for
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to arrive on the scene;
and

6. WHEREAS, citizens that are trained in emergency


preparedness are equipped with the tools to render aid
before EMS arrive, and

7. WHEREAS, local municipalities play an important role in


protecting the safety and health of its citizens,

8. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States


Conference of Mayors urges Mayors to form a Community
Response System Initiative or “CRSI” Committee; and

9. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these committees will train


individuals, including children (K-12), to be active
bystanders, equipped with life supporting first aid skills
to assist during emergencies; and

10. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these committees will also


raise important questions about needs related to
preparedness yet to be addressed by cities and towns, and
will seek out ways to make a difference, to help Mayors
prepare their residents, and ultimately, to save lives.

Projected Cost: Unknown

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