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Keeping kids and adults safe in Cobb and Douglas counties

Cobb County and Douglas County are committed to teaching safety skills to their residents.

The year, 2009, has been a big year for safety education in both Cobb County and Douglas County, Georgia. In addition to ongoing youth and adult safety programs, Cobb County has opened the doors to the Cobb County Safety Village and David Hankerson Education Center on July 31, 2009.

The Cobb County Safety Village is "the first of its kind in the Southeast," (Cobbline, Aug. 8, 2009). Located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta, the village covers eight acres of land with mini versions of Marietta landmark buildings and roadways. The purpose of the Safety Village is to provide youths and adults with realistic, hands-on safety scenarios. Students acquire the skills needed to survive an emergency situation, or better yet, to prevent possible hazards from happening in the first place through heightened awareness of their surroundings. Safety lesson experiences include, but are not limited to: crime prevention; a car seat safety inspection station; drug and alcohol awareness; disaster preparedness; workplace safety; pedestrian safety, and; construction site safety. While the doors are open, the eight acre facility is not complete. Individuals and businesses still have the opportunity to sponsor "buildings," dedication brick pavers and to attend the upcoming fund raising gala planned for Saturday - November 7, 2009, to help pay for future Safety Village projects.

In addition to the programs at the Cobb County Safety Village, Cobb County's Public Life & Fire Safety Division of Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services also offers outreach services, free of charge, to Cobb County residents and employees. There are a variety of programs serving preschool students through senior citizens and range from puppet shows to emergency response team training for businesses. To view a full list of available programs, visit their website at safety.htm, or call 770-852-3270 to ask about free programs. 

Safe Kids Cobb County is another safety education resource in the Cobb County and Douglas County area and is the local division of Safe Kids of Georgia. Safe Kids Cobb County is a coalition of Cobb and Douglas county government, the Wellstar Health System and other not-for-profit and for-profit business agencies to provide child safety programs.  Programs include fire safety, poison prevention, pedestrian and bike safety, home safety and water safety. The website also has a resource page link for parents and educators covering listed safety topics and national safety organizations' contact information. A calendar of upcoming Safe Kids events in Cobb and Douglas counties, including the Cobb County Safety Village, may be found at

For more info: 

For Cobb County Safety Village and program listings, please contact Captain Scott Dodson by email,, or by phone, 770-852-3270, or visit To learn more about the Cobb County Safety Village Gala and ticket information, visit To schedule a Safe Kids Cobb County event, call 770-852-3285 or 770-793-7450.