Learn more about the Remembering When Program

Remembering When
Remembering WhenTM: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

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Be on the lookout for the 2015 Remembering When Conference announcement later this year.

NFPA is committed to helping communities reduce fire and fall injuries and deaths among older adults through the Remembering When Program. For the past 9 years, NFPA selected team from up to 30 communities to attend the annual Remembering When conference. Participants were trained to reach older adults through group presentations and home visits.

Consider applying to attend the 2015 conference. Applicants consist of two person teams from communities motivated to reduce fire and fall injuries and deaths among older adults. Teams include one member of the fire department and one member of an agency serving older adults in the community. The partner agency must already have a home-visit mechanism in place. The teams must have the authority, commitment, and ability to oversee local implementation of the Remembering When Program through group presentations, home visits, and training for additional home visitors.

The Remembering When program relies on a partnership approach. Last year, teams submitted the following materials with their application:

  • Letter of commitment from the chief of the fire department supporting the participation of the fire department in this project.
  • Letter of commitment from a leader in the home visitor agency supporting the applicant in this project and briefly outlining the agency’s role and ability to conduct home visits.
  • A one-page essay explaining why the community should receive a Remembering When conference award.
  • A letter from an NFPA field partner supporting your application. Field partners include your NFPA Public Education Advisor, Public Education Network member, or Urban Fire & Life Safety Task Force member.

Each Remembering When award is valued at more than $4,000 and includes:

  • A 2 ½ day training workshop for each two-member team.
  • Airfare, lodging, all meals and materials throughout the training.
  • Two hundred "How to Prevent Fires" brochures for distribution to older adults.
  • Two hundred "How to Prevent Falls" brochures for distribution to older adults.

Teams who attend the Remembering When conference must fulfill the following requirements in their communities after they return home:

  • a minimum of five group presentations for older adults using the Remembering When program.
  • at least one training session for the partner agency home visitors.
  • at least 25 home visits with Remembering When program materials integrated into each visit.
  • submission of a final report to NFPA

Start planning now! Get your team ready for the 2015 Conference. Find a partner and connect with an NFPA field advisor.

Contact Karen Berard-Reed with questions.