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Roundtable Talk: Protection for All — Preparing for & Responding to Emergencies Involving Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

March 27, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


First responders are responsible for protecting everyone in their community, and to best do this means adapting to different communication needs to reach all segments of the population. This Roundtable Talk, taking place during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, will help responders better communicate fire and life safety messages to individuals living with developmental disabilities, better respond to emergencies involving this at-risk population, and learn how to use this knowledge to overcome communication barriers with any demographic in your community. Join the NVFC and a panel of subject matter experts for an informed conversation about this important topic, so you can ensure your community risk reduction and training plans best serve all members of your community.

Panelists include: Meri-K Appy, director of strategic partnerships at Vision 20/20 and national project manager of Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol; Monica Colby, fire and life safety specialist at Rapid City (SD) Fire Department; Tom Felter, founder of The Emily Talk and longtime first responder; and Brian Focht, fire service veteran and advocate for fire safety involving those with autism.

Watch the event on the NVFC’s Facebook page or register to attend on Zoom.

This Roundtable Talk is sponsored by First Alert. First Alert is the most trusted brand in home safety. For more than 60 years, First Alert has been committed to providing innovative home safety technologies and products to help protect what matters most. For more information, visit www.firstalert.com.


March 27, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


National Volunteer Fire Council