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City of Dawsonville awarded safety grant from Georgia Municipal Association
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Brenda Black, claims liaison with the Georgia Municipal Association, presents Mayor Mike Eason and Human Resources and Grant Technician Donna Blanton with a check to go toward the purchase of items to increase the safety of city employees and visitors to the city. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The city of Dawsonville recently received safety and liability grants from the Georgia Municipal Association, or GMA.

According to a press release, the safety grant in the amount of $1,320.34 and the liability grant in the amount of $279.80 will go toward the purchase of several items to increase the safety of city employees and visitors to the city, including a reflective vest, CPR mask and a personal bleeding management kit, among other items.

“This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees,” said Eileen Thomas, marketing field manager for the GMA.

The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment services, the release states.

Since the inception of the program, over 130 cities have received grant money, and over 500 grants have been approved totaling nearly $1.5 million. The money has funded items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear and police department in-vehicle video systems.

 The program is made available to members of the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, GMA’s property and liability insurance program, as well as GMA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Fund.

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy, education, employee benefit and consulting services to its over 500 member cities.