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Washington,DC - Walk4Hearing
By Cheryl Heppner
Oct 27, 2014

Watching the Opening of the Walk
Watching the Opening of the Walk

The Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual Walk4Hearing on Saturday, October 25 was definitely the best I’ve ever participated in.  The weather was great, the turnout was awesome, and the camaraderie was terrific. I walked from beginning to end in good company with Kay Ellis and Diane Preece, got to chat a bit with NVRC Board member Eileen McCartin, and relished having the super PAH!  team alongside Team NVRC for much of our walk.

Team NVRC Walkers - Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece
Team NVRC Walkers - Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece

Katherine Pawlowski, who lives in Fairfax County is an ambassador for the Walk4Hearing. She also has a team “Friends of Fairfax County” which has raised money, some of which was is being shared with NVRC to provide services and events for children with hearing loss in the Fairfax County schools.

Team NVRC is very thankful for the generous walk donors who helped us raise $825, some of which will go to support HLAA’s work and the rest to support NVRC’s programs and services.

My hat is off to the walk chairs, Ronnie Adler and Tony Bartoli.  When setting up Team NVRC, they were quick to answer my questions about the walk and its website by email, and always helpful.




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.

**ASL interpreters will be provided at the CERT training seminar.  Additional accommodations can be provided upon request.


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certlogoFall Classes for Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Fairfax County is offering three CERT Basic training classes in the FALL. Two identical classes will be conducted at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy (4600 West Ox Road). The first class is held on Mondays, beginning  Sept 9th, and the second on Wednesdays, beginning  Sept 11th.  Each class will have eight (8) sessions, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There is a good mix classroom instruction with practice drills and exercises to enhance skill learning. These class utilizing the fire academy training facilities and instructors.

A third CERT class will be conducted in the community at the Great Springfield Volunteer Fire Station 22 (7011 Backlick Road) beginning on Wednesday Sept 11th. This class has eight (8) sessions, 7:00pm to 9:30 pm.  The classroom instruction is the same as the Academy classes, but the class size and hands-on instruction is limited by the available facilities.

CERT Basic training does not require any special physical strength or agility. Safety and preparedness is stressed throughout the course of instruction. This training is FREE. The CERT program furnishes personal protective equipment for the training that the students retain upon completion of the class.

People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace.

When emergencies happen, 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.

You can enroll in any of these three classes by going to the Fairfax County CERT website: Register as a new volunteer and when confirmed you can login and register for CERT class 73, 74 or 75.

For further information contact the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Coordinator’s Office, 703-246-3926.

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