Disaster information dissemination for the Deaf/hard of hearing at earthquake

2011/3/17

Because people with visual and hearing disabilities are usually behind the information which is transmitted at time of the earthquake, they are worried that they would fail to shelter.

Specialists are calling, "It is necessary to notice the method of the information dissemination to the persons with disabilities in the refuge".

A surrounding person doesn't notice that the Deaf person is not able to get information easily. It is important to take communications in taking note when that the person does not react to a surrounding audio cues.

The Japanese Federation of the Deaf staff also is advising, "It is necessary to consider what method should be used at the refuge so that the persons with disabilities could come forward for help. For example signs such as 'Information Desk for the Persons with Disabilities', or 'Interpreter Request', etc. are displayed near the reception".

A Deaf person is placed near the place where the information is given, such as the office of the task force, the reception, etc. The audio information is always printed to be shown on the wall or a neighbor writes it down.

In the past, the Deaf residents were not aware of the disaster in spite of the information for disaster evacuation via the radio speaker.

The JFD staff says, "We want people to be aware of some persons nearby who are Deaf or hard of hearing and to support them in preparation for the aftershock, etc".

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