Evacuation drill with "sign language" at Deaf school in Hyogo Prefecture

The students in an emergency drill with directions by their teacher's sign language.
(photo: http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/)

December 17, 2013 

The fire drill in preparation for a disaster was performed in the Kobe Special Needs Education School for the Deaf in Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture on December 17.

A little more than 100 children and students aged 1-18 escaped outside the school building, directed by the teacher's sign language.

The school is advancing "the education of the life" that the students learn the importance of a life since last year, and an emergency drill is a part of the program.

The broadcast on an earthquake announced in the school around 10:30 a.m. The children who did not hear the audio announcement was told by the teacher in sign language to protect themselves under the desk (photo).

Then, they rolled the bandanna around their neck and run out of the classroom to the school yard. The bandanna is printed with a phrase such as  "I am Deaf" or "I can sign" so that Deaf persons may not be troubled even in a shelter.

A senior boy said, "I would like to keep writing materials and the bandanna for written communication. I thought I would need to check  safe places around my house, too."

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