During a weather emergency, sirens go off to warn of an approaching tornado or other dangerous storm. They also the sound when other dangerous situations warrant attention. But how are you supposed to know that if you can't hear?
Most people turn to the radio or TV when unusual situations arise, but what recourse does anyone have -- including the deaf -- when there's no electricity?
The ways in which we communicate assume the receivers of information can see, hear and easily get around. Those who have additional considerations to deal with on a daily basis are on the minds of their family, friends and neighbors, but that’s not enough to make sure everyone has the information they need in the time of an emergency.
“The Community Services for the Speech, Deaf and Hearing Impaired begin a new season of town hall meetings on October 2,” according to a press release from the group. “The public is invited to the Saint Rita School for the Deaf where the first meeting will include a presentation of the new Cincinnati text messaging system for emergency services.
“Several members of the Cincinnati Police Department Communications Section will be present including two Emergency 911 Operators and a representative from Cincinnati Bell. Members of the Cincinnati Police Department Crime Stoppers Unit will also be there to present their new text messaging number for reporting information on crime.”
In addition to providing information about how the new system works and what people can expect when receiving or sending a text message, participants will answer questions about the service.
The meeting scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Saint Rita School for the Deaf (1720 Glendale-Milford Road) is open to the public.
— Margo Pierce