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Free Deaf and Hard of Hearing Effective Communication Emergency Kit

Though this is a bit outside of our neighborhood, we thought it’d be nice to share.

Shakita Stephenson from Here2Hear writes us:

To communicate with individuals that are deaf and hard of hearing in an emergency situation can be challenging if not prepared. Therefore, Here2Hear, a local 501(c)3 organization, has developed an emergency kit that will address communication needs when in an emergency situation. This kit will include items such as an emergency communication wallet and car visor card, emergency bracelet, flash lights, Text to 911 information and more.

Here2Hear will provide free effective communication emergency kits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals at one of the following distribution locations:

Saturday, August 25: Virginia Depart. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1602 Rolling Hills Dr # 203, Richmond, VA 23229
10 am – 1pm

Saturday, Sept. 22: Petersburg Freedom Support Center
32 W Washington St, Petersburg, VA 23803
10 am – 1pm

Saturday, Oct. 13: Richmond Fire Department Head Quarters
201 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23219
10 am – 1pm

Saturday, Nov. 3: Chesterfield County Health Department
57 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, VA 23832
10 am – 1pm

Each kit distribution event is free and open to the public. Each event will include vendors, and Question and Answer sessions regarding emergency preparedness. There will be a session that will include a panel of first emergency responders from each locality that will address questions from attendees. Individuals must show proof of Virginia residency and hearing loss at the distribution event to receive a free kit. Kits will be provided to those individuals that register prior to the event by visiting us online at, calling (804) 774-8311 or sending an email Sign language interpreters will be available as well as light refreshments.

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