Vicki Bond is not surprised at how hot, but at how cold the temperatures can get out on a wildfire. "I've worked on responses to more wildfires in freezing temperatures than in extreme heat," she says. Coincidentally, making sure people aren't left out in the cold in an emergency is why she has so much experience with the weather. Bond works for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) as a licensed American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and deployment coordinator for the Emergency Response Interpreters Credentialing (ERIC) program. She helps prepare licensed ASL interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) captioners to deploy for emergencies throughout the state. ERIC interpreters and captioners work alongside communicators to interpret and transcribe information presented at community meetings and media briefings, on websites and social media, and in evacuation shelters for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. "The goal of the ERIC program," said Bond, "is to ensure deaf and hard of hearing community members have access to critical information during emergencies and disasters in the State of Arizona." People in Arizona are at risk from a variety of hazards, including extreme heat, floods, and wildfire. More than 1,500 wildfires occur in Arizona each year.
Vicki Bond is not surprised at how hot, but at how cold the temperatures can get out on a wildfire. "I've worked on responses to more wildfires in freezing temperatures than in extreme heat," she says. Coincidentally, making sure people aren't left out in the cold in an emergency is why she has so much experience with the weather. Bond works for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) as a licensed American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and deployment coordinator for the Emergency Response Interpreters Credentialing (ERIC) program. She helps prepare licensed ASL interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) captioners to deploy for emergencies throughout the state. ERIC interpreters and captioners work alongside communicators to interpret and transcribe information presented at community meetings and media briefings, on websites and social media, and in evacuation shelters for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. "The goal of the ERIC program," said Bond, "is to ensure deaf and hard of hearing community members have access to critical information during emergencies and disasters in the State of Arizona." People in Arizona are at risk from a variety of hazards, including extreme heat, floods, and wildfire. More than 1,500 wildfires occur in Arizona each year.

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