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Verizon 911 Texting in Frederick County, Md. to Expand

May 23, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

 

Your4state.com
05/19/2014 05:01 PM
Original Article

FREDERICK, Md. – Frederick County, Maryland is the sixth county in the country to implement 911 texting through Verizon, according to local emergency officials. They say they pushed to become one of the first last year and now the four major wireless carriers in the Country made the feature available.

“The Maryland School for the Deaf is located in Fredrick. We have a large population of deaf and hearing impaired so we’ve felt everyone needs access to 911, so we’ve been very proactive and been pushing to be a leader in texting 911 to allow everyone that direct access to 911,” said Chip Jewell, director of Frederick County emergency communications.

The Federal Communications Commission said they hope to expand the program once it’s been tested in places like Frederick County. Chip Jewell said he believes the texting systems should be available on all four major wireless carriers by the end of next year.

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What You Need to Know About Text-to-911

May 16, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Technology

 

 

FCC’s  ASL & Captioned video on what you need to know about Text to 911

Click to goto FCC ASL captioned Video

Click to goto FCC.gov  ASL captioned Video
about TEXT to 911
(Video Not Mobile Phone Friendly)

http://www.fcc.gov/text-to-911

FCC.gov  Print Out Guide

Text-to-911 Guide (pdf)

You Can Now Text 9-1-1 in Case of Emergency

May 16, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

 

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/05/15/text-emergency-911/

Starting on Thursday, people in select locations across the country can text 9-1-1 with emergencies if they are unable to call them in.

The Federal Communications Commission is rolling out the service to make it easier to contact 9-1-1 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability or are in a situation in which making a call could be dangerous. The FCC’s website states that making a phone call is still the best option when possible, because it allows the person calling in to relay information more quickly. First responders can also triangulate the caller’s location with a phone call, something that can’t be done via text.

To that point, the FCC asks that anyone texting 9-1-1 provide information about the situation and his or her exact location. The providers supporting the service include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

The initial rollout [PDF] includes areas of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Though only people living in certain parts of those states can text 9-1-1 starting on Thursday, the FCC says anyone with a cellphone and enough service will be able to do so by the end of 2014.

Anyone who texts 9-1-1 in an area where emergency call centers do not yet support texts will receive a bounce-back message, informing them the text has not been sent and they should try to call instead.

Call centers are still updating their systems to be compatible with texts. According to the FCC’s site, anyone who wants to know whether their area has adopted the new technology can call their cellphone providers.

Association for Airline Passenger Rights Partners with Caption First for Access

May 8, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Transportation

 

Association for Airline Passenger Rights and Caption First Announce Partnership to Promote Greater Accessibility

May 06, 2014 from http://www.eturbonews.com/45444/association-airline-passenger-rights-and-caption-first-announce-AAPR-logo-300x300

The Association for Airline Passenger Rights, (AAPR) today announced a new partnership with Caption First, a leading communication access company that provides CART, captioning and
transcription. The AAPR-Caption First partnership will ensure that realtime captioning services are provided for all AAPR information and programs, thereby making them fully accessible for members who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Realtime captioning is the practice of converting the spoken word into instant text. The partnership also aims to identify best practices to be used within the aviation industry to ensure air travel is made more accessible for passengers with hearing impairments.

In February 2010, AAPR was the first airline passenger rights group to call on the U.S. Department of Transportation to require commercial air carriers to provide closed captioning or subtitles on all in-flight entertainment for passengers with hearing loss. While DOT requires that captioning be available on all safety and information-related videos, it does not enforce the same accessibility standard for in-flight entertainment, such as movies and television shows.

“We’re excited to team up with Caption First, who will be aiding us with the conversion of speech into text for all of our programmatic activities,” stated Brandon M. Macsata, Executive Director of the Association for Airline Passenger Rights, of the partnership with Caption First. “With our partnership, we’re taking the necessary steps to provide word-for-word services that are easy to use whenever, wherever and however needed. In other words, we’re leading by example.”

The seeds for the new partnership were sowed in December 2013, when Caption First served as one of the sponsors for the 1st Annual Airline Accessibility Conference. To learn more about the conference, or download a transcription of it, go to http://www.flyfriendlyskies.com.events.html.

“Caption First is delighted to partner with the Association for Airline Passenger Rights,” stated Patricia Graves, President of Caption First. “For too long the communication needs of passengers who are Deaf or hard of hearing have been ignored. We look forward to working with AAPR to create positive changes in the aviation industry.”

For more information about the Association for Airline Passenger Rights or its partnership with Caption First, please visit www.flyfriendlyskies.com or contact AAPR directly at info@flyfriendlyskies.com.

Virginia – May Sales Tax Holiday: Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment

May 1, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

When: Sunday, May 25, 2014 through Saturday, May 31, 2014

What’s Exempt: During this seven-day period, purchases of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane preparedness will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.

Other Information:

Canada Gets Text to 9-1-1 Service

March 24, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness

Specialized 9-1-1 text service now available

E-COMM

 

MARCH 23, 2014

E-Comm, the 9-1-1 answer point serving Metro Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and other parts of southwest B.C. has launched Canada’s first Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) service for members of the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech impaired (DHHSI) community, in conjunction with its emergency-service partners.

The specialized text messaging system means any DHHSI person in E-Comm’s service area who has pre-registered their cell phone for the service will be able to communicate with police, fire and ambulance call-takers in case of emergency. Read more . . . →

More Hot News About Text to 911

February 4, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

Hot News About Text to 911

From FCC Access Services

On January 30, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a policy statement setting forth goals for achieving text-to-911 and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM).   The policy statement highlighted the nation’s four largest wireless telephone providers’ commitment to make text-to-911 available to all their customers nationwide by May 15, 2014.  The FCC encourages other text providers to offer text-to-911 as well and asks for comment on proposals to meet the goals of (1) making sure that people with disabilities have direct access to 911 services and (2) enabling people in situations from which it might be impossible or dangerous to make a voice call (i.e., hostage situation, domestic violence) to make text-to-911 calls.  In his statement at the FCC’s Open Commission Meeting, Chairman Tom Wheeler said it is now up to the 911 call centers, known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), to make themselves ready to accept these texts. 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Seminar

January 30, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness

DHHIG e-mail and news of the day!

Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT) Training Seminar

A free two-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Seminar for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community will be provided at Gallaudet University.  The training seminar will take place on March 5 – 6, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  This event is sponsored and hosted by the CERT, the DC government, Gallaudet University, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG). To view the flyer for more information, please click here.Please note that Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals who live or work in Washington, D.C. are eligible to attend.  If you do not meet one of the two criteria, then you are not able to participate in this training seminar.  Furthermore, if you register to attend, you are expected to show up to both days of the CERT training seminar, not just one.

The deadline to register is February 7, 2014.  The training seminar will be limited to 60 people, so registration will be on first-come, first-serve basis. All participants who complete the two-day training will receive free backpacks!

To register, please click here.

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FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination is Hiring!

January 24, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness, Employment

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Position Opening: Program Assistant

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination headquarters staff is expanding and has an open vacancy for the position of Program Assistant (GS-0344-06). As the national Disability Integration Advisor CADRE reservist program grows, the need for additional administrative support is necessary.

This person will help serve the nation by assisting all citizens and first responders during disasters or emergency situations by being a part of FEMA’s disaster workforce.  This position is held at FEMA Headquarters in the Washington, DC area. Please feel free to forward this notification to anyone who may be interested in applying for this exciting opportunity to join FEMA and help integrate and coordinate national disability inclusive emergency management efforts.  Please follow the link below to the vacancy announcement onUSAJOBS.GOV.

FEMA – Program Assistant (Open to United States Citizens) – https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359853700

FEMA Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications

January 22, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

FEMA Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications

The application period for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council is now open!

Know someone between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community? If so, encourage them to apply to serve on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council!

FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, they  complete self-selected youth preparedness projects;  voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness.

FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as ambassadors for youth disaster preparedness.

For more information and application materials for the YPC please visit, http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.Applications must be received by February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.

New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014

Claude Stout Speaks to Senate Committee on Wireless 911 Calls

January 16, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness, NVRC Announcements

Claude Stout Presents at U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

 TDI’s Executive Director Claude Stout Presents at Senate Committee Hearing

By Cheryl Heppner 1/16/2014

Claude Stout, the Executive Director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, spoke today at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in its Communications

Claude Stout, the Executive Director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, spoke on Thursday – 1/16/2014

Claude Stout, the Executive Director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, spoke today at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in its Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommitee hearing regarding “Locating 911 Callers in a Wireless World.” Web Media Specialist Bruce Greenfield, Outreach Program Manager Bonnie O’Leary and Board member Tom Dowling joined me to watch it on one of NVRC’s flat screen televisions. Unfortunately the captions did not begin until approximately five minutes after the meeting started.

Mr. Stout, who had been invited to give testimony regarding location identification technology, was the second individual to
speak. He focused on the exciting possibilities that could be gained through these new and emerging technologies and praised the FCC, PACO,

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in its Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommitee hearing regarding “Locating 911 Callers in a Wireless World.”

NENA, CTIA and the four wireless carriers for listening to consumer demands and collaboratively implementing new accessible solutions in emergency services. Mr. Stout also talked about technology used by individuals with hearing loss or deafness to communicate by telephone and the crucial need that location-finding technology plays in an emergency. He stressed that consumers with hearing loss or deafness need to be able to describe their emergency situation and information without losing time in trying to provide information on their location.

Mr. Stout’s closing words were: “We simply want the same capabilities like anyone else to initiate and participate fully in communications with emergency services. Like our family members and friends who can hear, we do pay local property taxes and federal taxes that support our local public safety services, and also pay subscriber fees to access the telephone networks as a conduit to emergency services. As 911 centers continue to rely on funding from these sources, so should we rely on them to be fully accessible to every single one of us in the communities across America.”

See short video clip on NVRC Website.

Watch Entire Hearings Archive  (NOTE – Open Captions are not ON until 7 to 10 Minutes into hearing)

Take the Wireless Emergency Alert Survey

November 12, 2013 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

 

 

Take the Wireless Emergency Alert Survey!
Thanks to the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center 11/12/2013
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can be received on cell phones across the country. These alerts are automatic, provide AMBER alerts, and weather emergency notifications. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county, or institution, you do not have to sign-up to receive WEA messages. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is interested in your level of awareness of WEA messages. This survey will also help them understand how accessible and useful you think they are.
Take the Wireless Emergency Alert Survey
As an incentive for taking the 2013 WEA survey, participants will have a chance to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards.
If participants wish to take the survey over the phone, please email DeeDee Bennett at deedee.bennett@cacp.gatech.edu or call her at 404-385-4618.

 


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Be Prepared! 10 Things You Need to Know About Emergency Preparedness

September 17, 2013 in Emergency Preparedness

Disability Connection: 10 Things You Need to Know about Emergency Preparednessemergency

From Disability.gov

1. September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters can strike quickly and without warning making every second count during an emergency. Since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sponsored National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. The site’s toolkit includes helpful information, such as how to build an emergency supply kit, making a family game plan, staying informed before, during and after an emergency, and other preparedness resources and tips. Be ready and be safe! Find preparedness events in your community.

2. Tornadoes. During a tornado, finding shelter quickly is paramount to staying safe. An underground area, such as a basement or storm cellar, provides the best protection from a tornado. Staying in your trailer or mobile home, even if it is tied down, is not safe. If an underground shelter is unavailable, the following tips should be considered: Read more . . . →

Fire Safety a Priority in Your Home

August 27, 2013 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

Making Fire Safety a Priority in Your Home 

Nearly 2,500 people die in home fires each year. Eighty-two percent of all fire deaths and 76 percent of all fire injuries in our country occur in the home – the very place we should feel most safe.

It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones by installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside sleeping areas. Traditional smoke alarms, however, do not always meet the needs of people with disabilities.

If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you may not respond to the traditional smoke alarm alert. This is because most hearing loss begins with high frequencies, the same frequencies that smoke alarms use. You may use hearing aids during the day, but when you remove them at night, you may be unable to hear the smoke alarm alert.

Read More about Home Fire Safety Tips

Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services


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Fairfax County Offers 3 CERT Classes This Fall

August 9, 2013 in Community Events, Emergency Preparedness

Fairfax County Offers Three CERT Classes Offered This Fallcertlogo

When emergencies happen, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the preparedness and safety of the community.Fairfax County is offering three CERT basic training classes this fall.

Read more . . . →