Emergency preparedness for the Deaf community
For the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing population
In King County, we all must take urgent action to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19:
- A health order has been issued to curtail the amount of face-to-face interaction. This includes a prohibition on all events with 50 or more people and health requirements to hold smaller gatherings. Many social and recreational services must temporarily close and restaurants may not offer dine-in services.
- Avoid close contact with others as much as possible.
- Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face. These simple actions are among the most effective to avoid illness.
With many disaster preparedness materials online being inaccessible to the population whose primary language is American Sign Language, DEAF Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the Emergency Kit preparedness video in sign language.
It's important for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing to prepare themselves and their families for disasters. This video shows how to make an emergency kit to help survive after a disaster.
Whether you are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Latened Deaf, there are specific things that you need to consider as you prepare for disaster. We urge you to review this brochure and start thinking about your own steps to preparedness. Be sure to keep this reference in your disaster kit and refer to it regularly.