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Training Opportunity on Unique Fire Prevention & Safety Challenges Facing Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

posted Sep 1, 2011 11:43 AM by Jim House   [ updated Sep 3, 2011 1:48 PM by Andrew Perlman ]

October 26, 2011 2pm - 5pm

415 Fourth Avenue South, Suite A
Nashville, Tennessee 37201

IPC (Inclusive Preparedness Center) are offering this training opportunity to introduce proven new outreach and planning tools for helping all communities, particularly the deaf and hard of hearing communities, improve their home smoke and fire safety.  The training will explain:
  • The IPC/CEPIN engagement approach to residential fire safety planning and practice
  • How to use the Smoke and Fire Safety Action Planner to support smoke alarm installation, maintenance, and testing
  • Using the Action Planner to support face to face fire safety planning and practicing
  • Using the Instruction Manual to train partner organization staff to do practical outreach and planning with the people the organization serves, including members of the deaf and hard of hearing communities
  • Particular challenges faced by the deaf and hard of hearing communities in home fire safety
  • How collaboration multiplies the effective outreach of Fire Life Safety Educators to the deaf and hard of hearing communities
  • Meeting the communication and accessibility needs of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Alerting methods and smoke alarms available to the deaf and hard of hearing communities

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Fire Life Safety Educators, firefighters, fire marshals, representatives from advocate agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing, and key leaders from the deaf and hard of hearing community.

COST: Training is provided at no cost to eligible participants.  The materials, supported by a grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, are also free. To see the materials, visit www.firesafetyplanner.org. Each participant will receive 100 sets of materials at the training (80 Action Planners and 20 Instruction Manuals).


FEMA Administrators to Keynote at TDI Conference

posted May 9, 2011 6:43 AM by Neil McDevitt   [ updated May 9, 2011 7:39 AM by Andrew Perlman ]

CEPIN's parent organization, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) is proud to announce that W. Craig Fugate and Marcie Roth will keynote the afternoon portion of TDI's conference on Thursday, June 2nd.  They will be talking about FEMA's commitment to ensuring people with disabilities are included in all steps of the emergency planning and preparedness process.  Administrator Fugate will address the conference via video while Ms. Roth will speak at the conference in person. 

Date/Time: June 2, 2011
5:15pm - 6:15pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas  78704

Recognizing the importance of this topic, TDI is pleased to make this event free to everyone.  No registration is required to attend. 

Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator

As Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Fugate has led the agency in responding to numerous disasters including the recent tornado outbreaks in the South.  Administrator Fugate has also completely revamped the way the agency looks at the disability community and is pushing for inclusion into the overall plan rather than creating separate plans or annexes. More information on Administrator Fugate: Biography.

          Marcie Roth, Director of Disability Integration and Coordination, FEMA

Marcie Roth was appointed by President Obama in June 2009 to be the Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for FEMA. Once at FEMA, she developed the new Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, where she now serves as Director. In this role, she leads the Agency’s commitment to meet the access and functional needs of children and adults with disabilities in emergency and disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. More information on Ms. Roth: Biography.

Join us at the TDI Conference!

posted Apr 21, 2011 12:27 PM by Neil McDevitt   [ updated May 9, 2011 6:43 AM ]

TDI Conference - June 2 - 4, Austin, TX!

Hyatt Regency Hotel
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas  78704
Join us at the TDI conference by registering here: REGISTRATION

CEPIN Director Neil McDevitt Featured in NFPA Journal

posted Feb 16, 2011 6:39 PM by Neil McDevitt   [ updated Feb 16, 2011 7:30 PM ]

CEPIN's Program Director Neil McDevitt was featured in the July/August 2010 issue of the National Fire Protection Association Journal.  Neil talked about the importance of ensuring the fire protection standards for accessibile smoke alarms are continually updated. 

Article Link: http://www.nfpa.org/itemdetailjournal.asp?categoryID=2056&itemID=48006

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