The partnership is designed to ensure that the deaf and hard of hearing community has access to preparedness and emergency information via sign language interpreting, with English and Spanish subtitles. These videos are one of many steps HCOHSEM is taking to reach all members of the diverse Harris County community.
“Harris County understands that those who are deaf or hard of hearing need access to life-saving information when disasters strike, just like any other part of our community. This partnership is all about providing access to this underserved community and we are excited to make it happen,” said Francisco Sanchez, Harris County Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.
Gabe Cazares, City of Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Director said, “We are excited to see increased accessibility in Harris County. All partnerships that center on increasing access and information for people with disabilities are valued.”
HCOHSEM, MOPD, and Deaf Link created a series of American Sign Language videos in English and Spanish that include topics such as:
- Anxiety and Behavioral Health
- Evacuation Assistance
- Flood Insurance
- Get a Kit
- Make a Plan
- Medical Care and Disasters
- Pet Preparedness
- Power Outage
- Sheltering Information
- Stay Informed