Ray Reynolds and Dan Wood from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Office of Deaf Services would like to announce to all Iowa Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens that the State Fire Marshal has received a $40,000.00 grant from State Farm Insurance to purchase sound/visual smoke alarms and install electric smoke alarms in the homes of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Iowa. This grant is for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing in our community and not limited to those households with Deaf or Hard of Hearing children. They want to make sure your life is easier and will provide equipment that could save your life!
They will provide Kidde equipment that have both sound and strobe lights to alert people to fire in their homes. These specialized alarms are more expensive than regular smoke alarms and we want to make sure we have enough money to cover as many families as possible.
We cannot guarantee that everyone will receive a smoke detector, but encourage you not to wait in getting your name on the list of possible recipients. To put your name on the list, please contact Linda Scott, Office Deaf Services, (515) 281-3164 Voice/TTY or 1-888-221-3724 or e-mail Linda at Linda.Scott@iowa.gov . Be prepared to provide Linda with information on how many Deaf or Hard of Hearing people are in your household, the number of bedrooms in your home, and your contact information for our database. When the State Fire Marshal’s office is ready to install the unit(s), you will be contacted to make arrangements to come to your home for installation.