Deaf person participates in disaster drill with a yellow mark

January 24, 2013

In order for the Deaf/deaf residents of Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo Prefecture to tell people around them that they are Deaf/deaf, they will participate in the tsunami drill with a yellow ribbon stuck to an arm in the city on January 27.

In the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it was reported that Deaf/deaf persons who were unaware of the tsunami warning were delayed in escaping.

It is estimated that there are about 1,000 Deaf/deaf persons in the city. The Nishinomiya City Association of the Deaf and the Nishinomiya sign language circle liaison committee have launched the "disaster-measures committee" in July, 2010, and discussed about how to save the Deaf/deaf community at the time of a disaster, etc.

At least 20 Deaf/deaf persons  will put on a yellow ribbon or handkerchief for the disaster drill. Sign language interpreters also use a green ribbon as a mark.

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