A total of about 80 Deaf residents and sign language circle members in Hashimoto-shi and Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture in western Japan participated in shelter experience training for the first time on March 8 and 9.
The participants learned how to carry a wounded person on the emergency stretcher using the bamboo and blanket besides water supply training from a water-supply wagon. They also made the partition with corrugated paper in the gymnasium, covered the floor with the sheet or the blanket, and stayed overnight.
The evaluation meeting of this training was held on April 7. One of the Deaf residents said, "I would understand better if not only sign language is used, but also some messages are written on a white board," etc.
When other Deaf person commented, "I walked slowly to the extent that the next day came muscular pain so that a loud sound might not make people awake at night", there was a response from the hearing person, saying "Sound doesn't bother us even if you walk ordinarily."
The organizing committee members said, "We have learned something new from the training with the hearing people."
The professor of the Wakayama University disaster prevention research education center who cooperated in training suggested, "The training was held with people from a sign language circle who know disability issues well this time. I would like to propose a training that includes the ordinary hearing persons of the area in the future."