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Emergency Preparedness: Fire & Home Safety Webinar

Sep 13 - Sep 13, 2023


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Event Summary

The Emergency Preparedness Fire & Home Safety webinar will engage and educate the audience about the following key concepts that will ultimately lead to Self-Efficacy, Self-Advocacy, & Self-Preservation.

  • Fire Emergencies that happen in the home
  • What are the Kitchen Fire statistics?
  • Fire and smoke detectors and Kitchen Safety
  • Developing a safer community for DeafBlind individuals
  • Creating and implementing emergency plans

The presentation will further introduce the following preventative measures, tools, and techniques that the DeafBlind individual and their families can enact for prevention and survival during a fire in the home:

  • Fire and Smoke Detector types and how to maintain them
  • Kitchen Safety: Do’s and Don’ts
  • DeafBlind focused safety techniques for in the kitchen
  • Best Practices & Fire Prevention tools
  • What to do if there is a Gas Leak
  • Carbon monoxide safety
  • Generator safety
  • Fire escape plans and drills

In conclusion, Emergency Preparedness Fire & Home Safety provides more in-depth information and education about safety in the home to prepare, plan and maintain safety methods which enable the DeafBlind person with their families to be self-reliant during emergencies within the home. ASL interpreting and captions will be available on Zoom.

Video Transcript

Event Details

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 2-3:30pm EST

Audience: DeafBlind individuals, their families, and professionals who support them

Cost: $25

Free Registration: DeafBlind participants are eligible for complimentary attendance to this training session. In order to receive this special offer, please contact HKNC at to receive a coupon code that entitles you to FREE Registration to this training.

Credits: ACVREP CE Hours: 1.5; CRC CEU Hours: 1.5

Accessibility Statement: Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) aims to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals, especially the target audience for this webinar series: DeafBlind people and the direct service providers that work with them. All HKNC trainings include ASL and Spoken English interpretation, captions, audio descriptions and transcripts.  We understand the importance of accommodating diverse needs and ensuring equal opportunities for learning. If you require alternative accommodations, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the training event at We look forward to welcoming you to our training program and ensuring an enriching experience for all participants.


Laurie McBride

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Services provided fall under Job Development such as online job searching skills, job interviews, solving transportation challenges and education of reasonable accommodations to employers. Provides information and resources to family members, employers, and local vocational rehabilitation counselors.

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Laurie worked in Iowa as a Graphic Designer for 20 years. Since 2015, has been a trainer with HKNC for the iCanConnect Program providing consumers training in telecommunications equipment, while attending college and university to obtain her bachelor’s degree in human service.

Laurie has adapted to different workplace environments with her hearing loss, and now with combined hearing and vision loss. Her personal experience as a DeafBlind person is a helpful tool in her DBES position to show consumers and potential employers that people with vision and hearing loss can live AND WORK in their community. Self-advocacy has been an important tool in finding her own jobs and adapting her career path. Using these personal assets to assist other DeafBlind consumers in finding and retaining employment will result in the right fit for both employee and employer.

Kacie Weldy

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Focus services includes exploration and identification of careers, educate, and enhance personal management and employment skills, interviewing, and resume building. Additionally, Kacie coordinates job supports, summer youth career exploration and work experience, vocational consultation, and work adjustments. She also provides education and training for agency staff members on best practices and means of inclusion and accessibility.

An Indiana native, Kacie has over 20 years of experience in advocacy both locally and nationally with both the DeafBlind and service dog communities. She has earned her A.S. and B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis.

As a DeafBlind person, she is active in numerous related organizations. Kacie is a 2009 graduate of the Indiana Partners in Policymaking program by the Indiana Governors Council for People with Disabilities and is currently serving as a board member for both the Indianapolis Mayoral Advisory Council for Disabilities and Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Professionally she has completed the ACRE certification and is working towards achieving the CESP certification along with additional professional development to better serve those she works with.


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