For those of you who are deaf or hard of hearing and currently affected by Hurricane Harvey, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has provided information to help those in need.
Please keep in mind all the links and emails are shared in the transcript below this video.
- Please mark yourself safe, and encourage others to do so on Facebook and by using the Red Cross's Safe and Well program (https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php). This allows emergency personnel to focus on people who really need help.
- If you know of deaf and hard of hearing people in a shelter in Houston who do not have access to an ASL interpreter, or to video relay interpreting, please inform Maria Town ASAP by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Text-to-911 is available in Harris, Fort Bend, and Galveston Counties -- those systems may be overwhelmed and should ONLY be used for emergencies.
- For a full list of evacuation and shelter locations, visit the website: https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane
- Monitor updates from local, state, and federal emergency management officials --
- Safety tips and contact information for medical or evacuation assistance can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey
- There is a Facebook page for Deaf Survivors of Hurricane Harvey: https://www.facebook.com/groups/123286011654503/
- Contact Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies. They are working to help connect people with disabilities to disaster response and recovery efforts: http://www.portlight.org/hurricane-harvey-announcement.html
Those of you who are experiencing Hurricane Harvey, we hope you’re safe and looking out for one another.