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Emergency Preparedness: Overview & Disasters Webinar

Sep 6 - Sep 6, 2023


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Event Summary

Join us as we learn about nationwide disasters affecting each area of the United States. We will sort through disasters ranging from hurricanes and tornados to earthquakes and fires and active shooter situations. You will learn how to prepare for disasters, to survive and thrive through them regardless of where you live. We will learn about the differences between an emergency and a disaster with a focus on preparation related to sheltering in place vs evacuation. Specific strategies relevant to the DeafBlind community will be discussed along with identifying a support team in your community. We hope you will utilize what you have learned so that your lives may return to normal as soon as possible in the aftermath of a disaster.  The overview will be presented by Eleanor Coley-Brody and David Volper. ASL interpreting and captions will be available on Zoom.

Video Transcript

Event Details

When: Wednesday, September 6, 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.


Eleanor Coley-Brody

A Caucasian woman in front of a black backdrop staring at the camera and smiling. She has long curly brown hair, blue eyes, and is wearing a black shirt.

Eleanor Coley-Brody joined the HKNC family in May 2016 as a Case Manager for four years. She subsequently worked as a Senior Independent Living instructor for a year during COVID-19, providing virtual training before becoming the Region 2 Regional Representative in February 2021.

Eleanor Coley-Brody is a deaf professional from Long Island, NY. In 2012, she earned her M.S.W. in Social Work from Gallaudet University with a specialization in School Social Work, and received a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from SUNY New Paltz in 2010. From 2012-2016, she was a Mental Health Therapist and provided counseling services to deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind youth and adults in the state of Minnesota before returning to Long Island. Upon returning to Long Island, Eleanor became a member of the HKNC team. As a Case Manager, Eleanor provided one-on-one support to DeafBlind consumers by collaborating with HKNC training staff, their families and vocational rehabilitation and other agencies.

David Volper

A white male with brown hair and blue eyes smiling. He is wearing a black polo shirt against a black background.David Volper joined HKNC as a DeafBlind Employment Specialist (DBES) in January 2019 and was promoted to Regional Representative (RR) in 2021. Before HKNC, David was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Florida. With well over a decade of experience in working in vocational rehabilitation, deaf services, and the Helen Keller National Center combined, he has come to appreciate the challenges and rewards of working with individuals with disabilities, including deaf, hard-of-hearing, and DeafBlind individuals. He completed a BA in Technical Writing at the University of South Florida and went on to complete his MA studies in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky.


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