Hoarding criteria include the inability to use living space for its intended purpose. Compulsive hoarding behavior among residents increases the risk of serious injury and death to both the resident and to responding fire service personnel. The excessive accumulation of materials in homes increases risk of falls, exacerbation of chronic illness and impedes successful escape in the event of fire.  Hoarding situations also pose a significant threat to fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to neighboring residents. Often, the fire department is the first to identify this behavior in the home and, working with community partners, can address this complex issue. is just one of the four expert-developed workshops featured in the2020, virtual conference, taking place Tuesday, October 27th from 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST.  This presentation will identity the characteristics of hoarding behavior and examine the hazards that loom during emergency response in hoarding conditions. It will provide assistance in the identification of resources in your community that are needed to develop a task force and allow you to engage with task force professionals who can answer questions that exist around the social, psychological and environmental considerations that play a part of the treatment for a person who hoards. This session is appropriate for Fire & Life Safety Educators, Elder Service, Public Health, and Injury Prevention professionals. and learn from your peers the challenges and successes in working with community partners to support resident health and safety.  Other SOPE workshops feature Falls Prevention among Older Adults, Community Risk Assessment, and Integrating Technology into Education Programs, as well as Networking Roundtables and dedicated NFPA Resource Center.  All sessions will be recorded and available on demand for registrantsso if you have to step away from your computer, you won’t miss a thing.  Join the over 1000 public education professionals who have already registered for this event! Follow me on Twitter @AndreaVastis and follow NFPA on   and  to keep up with the latest from the Public Education Division at NFPA.