We strive to educate Texans about water risks in order to prevent drowning deaths.
Texas has a large number of residential, apartment, and community swimming pools, lakes, rivers, ponds, and even the ocean on the southern border of Texas. Texas reported more pool drownings than any other state in 2012. Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance, a nonprofit organization, formed to draw attention to the high rates of fatal and nonfatal drownings in Texas and prevent loss of loved ones and other consequences. The purpose of this organization is (1) to work to join all existing individual and community drowning efforts together under one umbrella so as to strategize and implement effective statewide drowning prevention efforts through education and legislation, and, (2) to disseminate information to the entire population of Texas at all levels on ways in which we can all take an active part in helping to save our precious kids and at-risk adults from fatal drowning deaths.
Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance has been able to secure the direct involvement of diversified partners in the Dallas-Ft. Worth communities and is gaining momentum in Houston, San Antonio, and across the great State of Texas. Current Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance partners include the Texas Pediatric Society, Texas Fire Chiefs Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Association, major hospitals in Dallas-Ft. Worth, various municipalities, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, the American Red Cross, code enforcement in Dallas and Ft. Worth, YMCA associations across the state, and swim schools and various pool fencing companies.
The Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance was formed in 2011 by a small group of advocates, all of whom had a passion for devising ways to assist in the prevention of drowning across the state. The overall goal was to repeat the initial pattern of local organizational development throughout Texas. The TXDPA was patterned after successful drowning prevention coalitions in states like Florida, Arizona, and New York. By spring 2012, the TXDPA had developed a unified message along with strategies that combined local efforts of partners. Today, disseminate that message of water safety to the communities across the state of Texas.