ISLA Presents to US Congress to Push Water Safety

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Henry Reyes 4 Comments

The Global Drowning Tracker© has done extremely well with over 5,000 unique visits in its first month! It has been talked about on several syndicated radio programs in the U.S. including LA’s 102.7 KIIS fm and Star 98.7, and even mentioned in the Huffington Post. The Global Drowning Tracker© has now caught the ear of our legislators on Capitol Hill.

ISLA has been invited to present the Global Drowning Tracker© to a congressional committee in Washington D.C. on May 15th (International Water Safety Day). ISLA will have 3-5 minutes to make the Congressmen aware of alarming drowning rates worldwide, and the need to create awareness for the drowning epidemic.

The goal of the briefing is to create awareness of International Water Safety Day (May 15) and to share with Congress the need for water safety education curriculum to be taught in first and secondary schools.
The congressional briefing is organized by International Water Safety Day.

Other presenters include Kim Burgess of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NPDA), Kimberly Charis of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, Debbie Hesse of the USA Swimming Foundation, Alicia McConnell the US Olympic Committee Director, and Wanda Butts of The Josh Project and the 2012 Top Ten CNN Hero. For more information on this event and what you can do to promote International Water Safety Day, visit their website at:

Make This Your Story on May 15th
By sharing the Global Drowning Tracker© website on your social media accounts and asking your closest friends to do the same, you’ll be showing your support for ISLA and utilizing the Internet to attack social problems. Change Starts with Awareness!

The Global Drowning Tracker© website acknowledges the epidemic, and provides people anywhere in the world the ability to report a drowning through the Internet. The Global Drowning Tracker© is also equipped with SMS text messaging technology, which enables anyone with cell phone service to take action. Visit for more information.

Read the official Press Release from before the event / Read the official Press Release from after the event.

Read about our experience in Washington and check out our photos!

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  1. Mike Lackey says:

    This seems like a very strong and needed program

  2. Jorge Antonio Tercero Suazo says:

    Es una excelente iniciativa de este comité del congreso de los EEUU, en prestarle atención a los cosas de ahogamiento en los EEUU y las labores altruistas que realizan muchas organizaciones en Latinoamerica y el mundo, y en especial como los que realiza eficientemente ISLA, en particular Nicaragua, por otro lado el poner en discucion y análisis la incidencia acelerada de ahogamieto,de parte de estas organizaciones expertas en el tema, este despacho en el congreso van a permitir que esta comisión elabore alguna iniciativa de ley que permita la creación de políticas para la reducion de riesgo de Ahogamiento en los EEUU y el resto del mundo, por medio de proyectos y programas que desarrollan estas organizaciones en los EEUU y en los países del mundo, en donde estas han realizado acciones humanitarias, en años anteriores, espero que en este próximo 15 de mayo, Día Internacional de la Seguridad del Agua, Este comité del Congreso de los EEUU y las organizaciones logren identificar un estrategia para la reducion del indice de ahogamiento en los EEUU y el Mundo, saludes y éxito para todos.

  3. This is something that has been needed for a long time. I hope Congress really gets behind this. If you are interested in this cause check out:

  4. Mark Moody says:

    What a fantastic initiative and one that is worthy of a Global awareness to reduce the alarming and traumatic losses of life largely due to lack of education, access to resources and training.
    With water comprising almost 75% of the worlds surface, this last frontier is in urgent need of attention and focus for all humanity through successful implementation of a Global Water Safety Campaign. We wish you all the greatest success in this endeavor.

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