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PERSPECT I VES A MESSAGE FROM NRPA' S LEADERS
Parks and Recreation:
Protecting Public Health
We have talked a lot recently about
parks and recreation as part of the public
health system - that parks and recreation
serve as Community Wellness
Hubs
(tinyurl.com/bdm6ncpf). The
American Public Health Association
describes public health as promoting
and protecting the health of people and
the communities where they live, learn,
work and play. As part of the public
health
system,
parks and recreation
have an inherent role of safety and protection
that plays out in numerous ways.
There are the operating practices that
reflect the role parks and recreation play
in supporting the safety of our patrons. May is National
Water Safety Month, an annual awareness campaign
that NRPA supports to highlight water awareness
and swim safety in coalition with the American Red
Cross and the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (tinyurl.com/
5n7cu7kb). You can read more about this in the article
titled " Recognizing Water Safety Month " on page
44. Our professionals play a critical role in delivering
aquatics programs rooted in solid safety practices, and
in doing so, they increase the overall water safety of
the communities they serve.
Another public health protection practice that we
have grown all too familiar with is that of emergency
response. And yet, no matter the status of your
emergency response plans, there is
always room
for improvement and updating. We've witnessed
public health events, like the pandemic, extreme
weather occurences, wildfires, power outages, work
stoppages, incidents of violence, and on and on.
The threats are extensive and the importance of
reviewing emergency response plans and assessing
vulnerabilities cannot be overstated.
As part of NRPA's ongoing efforts
to
curate
content and organize resources, we have been adding
to our library of online learning sites we partner with
to ensure that our members have access to helpful
courses and resources. We recently added a series of
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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links that support park and recreation professionals'
critical role in emergency response preparedness
(tinyurl.com/4z7cwvrk). These are tools that support
the development of plans in accordance with the
National Disaster Recovery Framework developed and
updated by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (tinyurl.com/6c9c25x9).
There is a statement in the framework that really
hits home and links so beautifully with parks and
recreation's community focus, which is: " The guiding
principles remind us of the importance of how we work
together to support survivor needs and build resilience. "
There is arguably no government function that more
directly links to all members of the community than
parks and recreation, and through our community
engagement practices, we are best positioned to engage
in emergency response preparedness and the critical
work of supporting survivor needs and building overall
community resilience.
The National Disaster Recovery Framework delves into
another important topic area that we are covering in
this issue - that of technological threats. Preparing
against the threat of cyberattacks is a universal concern
and one that the park and recreation field must address
through operating practices and staff awarenessbuilding
and training. More information on this
challenge is shared in the article, " Protecting Against
the Digital Unknown, " on page 34.
In my March column, I wrote that an essential
truth is that parks and recreation are critical community
infrastructure. We must all leverage that truth
through thoughtful emergency response plans, strong
safety practices, and defensive steps aimed at protecting
against cyber threats. The world is getting more
complex and challenging, but park and recreation
professionals are adaptive, solution-oriented, and
definitely up to facing these challenges.
KRISTINE STRATTON
President and CEO
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