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September 8, 2017
HLAA in Action lets you know what HLAA is doing in the world of advocacy and public policy. Please direct any questions or news to Lise Hamlin, director of public policy.
Advocacy Updates

What Should People With Disabilities Do if an Emergency Strikes?
In light of the horrible devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma we wanted to take an opportunity to remind all people – especially those with disabilities – of the critical importance of being prepared should an emergency strike.

FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency’s) Ready Campaign has produced a two-minute video showing how people with disabilities can take charge and prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The video emphasizes the Ready Campaign’s four building blocks of preparedness - Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build-a-Kit, and Get Involved. The video is available with open captions, certified deaf interpreter (CDI) and open captions, and with CDI, open captions and audio descriptions. FEMA also offers a brochure, “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs,” which can be downloaded from the FEMA website. For more information, visit fema.gov and ready.gov.

FCC to Offer Public Workshop to Discuss Awareness During 911 Outages
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) will host a public workshop to discuss best practices for improving situational awareness during 911 outages. In particular, one panel will focus on notifying the public about 911 outages, and the issue of disability access may be addressed. 

The workshop will take place at FCC headquarters, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2017 from 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room. The meeting will be broadcast live (with open captioning) on the FCC website at fcc.gov/live. You can find the full agenda in the FCC’s Public Notice.

For more information about the workshop, please contact James Wiley, FCC attorney advisor, at 202.418.1678 or James.Wiley@fcc.gov

FEMA to Conduct Test of the Emergency Alert System
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 27, 2017, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. If rescheduling is necessary, the alternate test date is October 4, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. EDT. 

For more information, please contact Austin Randazzo, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at 202.418.1462 or by email at Austin.Randazzo@fcc.gov. Further information can also be found on the FCC’s website and in the Public Notice.

CDC Resources for Disaster Recovery Efforts
Because many of you work with personnel who directly interact with residents, or with personnel who help in recovery efforts, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is sharing a few documents that can be directly shared with affected people and recovery workers. These documents will help people avoid illness and injury from mold, improper use of generators, and other post-storm hazards. [Read more]

We Want Your Perspective on Hearing Health Care
HLAA and its members are continuously being sought out for the consumer perspective. By answering these four short survey questions you help us represent your views to people who want to improve hearing health care. We appreciate your help. 

We Need Your Input – Take the HLAA/Hearing Health Foundation Survey!
HLAA and the Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) are working together to better serve our constituents’ needs and raise awareness of the effects of hearing loss. To get to know you better, HLAA and HHF have collaborated on a survey to learn a little more about you and your hearing loss.

The survey takes less than five minutes and your answers are completely anonymous. You can take the survey online at hhf.org/survey. If you would prefer to mail it in, that’s fine too. Simply print the survey, fill it out, and mail it to:

Hearing Health Foundation
363 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Included in the survey are a few questions related to over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. Given that this is such a hot topic right now getting your feedback is extremely important, so take just a few minutes and give us your input today!

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