CEPIN aids first responders with outreach to at-risk populations

The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN), an organization using online resources to create awareness between emergency responders and persons with disabilities, has announced a “Fire Prevention and Safety for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf/Blind Communities” program. The program is intended to aid emergency services agencies in qualifying for Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants, a Federal Emergency Management Agency initiative that aims to target high-risk populations, and to reduce injury and prevent death through training.

CEPIN, part of the nonprofit Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., delivers accessible emergency preparedness training to the emergency responder and consumer communities. They are introducing a new program, “Fire Prevention and Safety for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf/Blind” to coincide with FP&S 2010 submissions.

With FEMA’s focus on inclusiveness in disaster planning, CEPIN and other organizations will use this program to reach persons who are deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing and deaf/blind. CEPIN’s work includes conferences, workshops, workgroup meetings and brainstorming sessions, all of which serve to deliver important disaster preparedness information and services to underserved populations.

The “Fire Prevention and Safety for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf/Blind Communities” workshop combines information about accessible smoke detector distribution programs with fire safety guidance directed specifically at the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf/blind communities. It is this combination of outreach, training and device distribution that can make FP&S grant submissions eligible for priority or additional consideration by FEMA.

CEPIN offers to help emergency services providers by reaching out to persons with special hearing needs in their service area. CEPIN offers help connecting advocacy organizations that represent the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf/blind communities with local fire departments for training and grant possibilities.

To learn more about this new program, visit http://www.cepintdi.org/firegrant2010.