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Emergency preparedness

Emergency situations happen. To stay safe during severe weather, natural disaster or other emergency it is important to be prepared. 

State, local and federal governments are required to present emergency information in multiple formats that everyone can access, regardless of their communication needs. This includes accessible alert formats, broadcasts with ASL interpretation, captioning, posting accessible transcripts for online access, text messaging, email alerts and other options. 

Home emergency alerting devices, or signalers, are also helpful. You may notice that many emergency preparedness lists recommend a NOAA Weather Radio, even to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. While most weather alert radios are not useful to people who are deaf and hard of hearing, there are some that show text alerts with the type of emergency. These can be connected to a vibrating or flashing light alert as well.

See all of FEMA's videos in American Sign Language available on YouTube.

For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency, watch these videos from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

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