Note: The following is a copy of the email I sent to the state NAACP on behalf of my local branch.
As a reminder, I nominated myself as chair of the Environmental Committee during the branch's February meeting. Here is my proposal for the inaugural committee:
Objective: Preventing the year-on-year increase of preventable, nonarson [sic] house fires on the South Side in years one and two of the Environmental Committee.
Reports of house fires recur almost weekly during the fall and winter months in Dauphin County, especially Harrisburg. It's reasonable to assume a greater incidence of non-arson house fires if residents combine households to weather the economic fallout from job losses, overdue utility bills, evictions, and foreclosures. I'd like to focus my outreach first on the South Side. There exists some of the city's high-density of aging housing stock, rowhomes, rooming houses, and other multifamily residences susceptible to multi-household displacement, and multi-structure fire and smoke damage.
As chair of the Environmental Committee, I'll script and produce an educational cartoon on Youtube for fire prevention in Harrisburg. In so doing, I'll consult with Harrisburg Fire to identify high-risk residential structures and resident actions; as well as Harrisburg University or HACC for geospatial mapping of fires in the city. The cartoon will be available as an educational tool for students and families by Harrisburg Fire, the Red Cross - Central Pennsylvania, the Harrisburg School District, and the like. It should take no longer than six months of my approval as Environmental Chair to complete.
My projected budget will include:
Thank you for your consideration,
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her writings and commentaries, including "Environmental Committee: Proposal on Harrisburg Fire Safety, Prevention," at landturn.com/blog.
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