The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) recently partnered with the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) to promote disaster preparedness for the whole community, which encompasses individuals, families, businesses and governments.
As part of the partnership, the two organizations received support from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to develop a video series on emergency preparedness for the deaf and hard of hearing communities. The videos are both captioned and delivered in American Sign Language.
“Access to information in American Sign Language and captioning is essential for the safety and well-being of citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing before, during and after emergencies,” Carmen Green, the deputy director of ACDHH, said.
Each video addresses one of the four tenets of personal preparedness, which are plan, prepare, inquire and inspire.
Planning focuses on rehearsing a family communication plan in advance of an emergency. Preparing involves gathering enough supplies to sustain the family for three days.
Inquiring means staying connected through local news outlets and government organizations. The final step of inspire is to encourage others to get prepared by setting a positive example.