Re: Deaf members (fire safety)
From: Hafidha Sofia (
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:57:20 -0700 (PDT)
That’s a great idea. And in addition, having some type of “block captains” 
system. This is what we did on our emergency preparedness committee. 

We have block captains for each building (2-3 households each building) and in 
the event of a site emergency, they have agreed to account for residents in 
their respective buildings. They are also the contact person if a resident 
needs help or is having a medical emergency (911 notwithstanding).

This process was developed in part because of an incident where a resident fell 
in the middle of the night and didn’t need to call 911 but called around a 
bunch of people trying to reach someone.

Songaia Cohousing
Washington State 

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> On Apr 26, 2021, at 3:26 PM, Katie Henry <katie-henry [at]> wrote:
> You may want to consider fire safety. Completely deaf residents will not be 
> able to hear a fire alarm. If there is a building-wide fire alarm system, the 
> horn/strobe(s) in the home can be replaced with a special model for deaf 
> people. As I recall, they have extremely bright flashing lights that will get 
> any waking person's attention. I believe they also include a 
> vibrating/buzzing device wired into the system that goes under the mattress 
> to wake a sleeping person. It's been a while since I dealt with it, so my 
> memory is vague.
> If this kind of system is necessary for a member, who pays for it? In my 
> experience, communities are happy to accommodate mobility issues but are not 
> as enthusiastic about other disabilities.
> Katie Henry
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