In the midst of a massive early winter storm that wreaked havoc throughout California, supporters, sponsors and volunteers came together to celebrate the third anniversary of the SAFELY OUT™ Project last Tuesday night. As the rain came down in torrents and winds blew ferociously, it was a powerful reminder of why this project is so important. As Citizen Voice President Gary Dietrich shared that night, “Imagine an elderly woman with a walker or a person with disabilities in a wheelchair trying to get around on the flooded streets and debris covered sidewalks tonight. Now multiply that weather ten-fold and extend that over days. That’s what it was like for the vulnerable during Hurricane Katrina and Rita.” The SAFELY OUT™ Project has partnered with some amazing organizations like the California Emergency Management Agency, Sacramento County’s Department of Water Resources, Guiding Hands Foundation PRIDE Industries and others, many of whom were able to be present to be recognized for their support and involvement. At the event, we celebrated Citizen Voice’s SAFELY OUT™ Project reaching the pilot project financial goal of $500,000 to distribute 50,000 Kits in the Sacramento region. We also looked ahead to exciting state and nationwide expansion that has begun its initial phase. This event would not have been possible without our fantastic event sponsors — Pinnacle Emergency Management, First Responder, Steamatic of Sacramento and Westpark Associates. For a complete list of SAFELY OUT™ suppoters go to http://www.citizenvoice.org.