Recently, Telecommunication for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI) announced they awarded the $1.5 millions grant to develop Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network. (CEPIN)
They did press release right before Hurricane Katrina hit Gulf coast. I don’t know the whole details but they just started working on it – something that we never had before. It’s supposed to help deaf community better in long run.
You can learn more about this project at http://www.cepintdi.org
September is Emergency Preparedness Month. The goal of National Emergency Preparedness Month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action.
I don’t think everyone really read press release thru deaf-related mailing list or from local deaf community center. I must admitted I didn’t read all of them but till I finally get chance to read it thoroughly today.
Since deaf & hard of hearing community has its unique requirement to prepare for any type of emergency. That’s why we have this program – to help us prepare for any disaster. They provided “handbook” in PDF format where you can read quickly for each nature disaster such as wildfire, landslide, thunderstorm, winter storm, etc. Click here to view the list.
Also, they have handbook for “Emergency Financial First Aid Kit” (PDF format) which is neat. A lot of pages in it and you do need to print it out if you are really serious about it. Another cool handbook called “Grab ‘N’ Go.” There’s a lot more useful information out there at CEPIN-TDI website and Ready.gov website.
Now, are you ready?
Grant W. Laird, Jr.