The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) has received a $205,132 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to install smoke alarms and alert equipment in the homes of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. OkAT partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Fire Protection Publications at Oklahoma State University to implement the smoke alarm project.
The project will accept and approve applications from people who are deaf or hard of hearing; install free smoke alarms that meet the unique needs of these individuals; plan a home fire drill specific to each home; and assist with a home safety survey to prevent fires, burns, falls, and other common home injuries.
People of all ages with a documented hearing impairment (deaf or hard of hearing), who live in the following State of Oklahoma counties:
Atoka, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Hughes, Kay, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, McIntosh, Noble, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington
How Do I Apply?
To qualify: (1) You must reside in the service area; (2) Provide proof of your disability; and (3) You must complete and submit an application.
You may submit your application online or download and send to Oklahoma ABLE Tech by mail, fax, or email. You may also call us and we will send an application to you.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405.744.9748 or 888.885.5588 (V/TTY)
Note: This program is available while supplies last.
What If I Don’t Qualify?
If you do not meet the qualifications of being deaf or hard of hearing, or you live outside of the service area, there are resources available to help you personally install the same technology.
First Alert Model – Purchase at your local home improvement store.
Gentex Model 7139 LS (Approx. Value $169 each plus shipping/handling)
Vendor contact: Harris Communication
Phone: (800) 825-6758 (voice) or (800) 825-9187 (tyy)
15155 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-2277
Lifetone Model HLAC 150 (Approx. $149 each plus shipping/handling)
Vendor contact: Lifetone Technology
Phone: (800) 648-7923
800 Research Parkway, Suite 339, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
The total cost of installing your own smoke alarm could range between $350 and $400 for the equipment, if you do not qualify for the free installment. If you cannot afford the cost upfront Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s Bank Loan can help you structure your financing.