• Emergency Planning for People with Hearing Loss

    Tips for Emergency Planning for People with Hearing Loss:

    Notification:
    (1) A weather radio with the “Public Alert” logo. It turns on automatically.
    (2) a cell phone service that sends text messages  about emergencies.
    (3) Interconnected smoke alarms in your home–one in every bedroom, and one on every floor. If you are hard-of-hearing you won’t hear these, so install a low-pitched sounding device.

    Escape:
    (1) Establish two ways out of every room. As a last resort, a collapsable escape ladder for upstairs rooms.
    (2) Keep a back pack by your bed with these items: crowbar, work gloves, clothes including shoes, flashlight, water bottle, small first aid kit, old hearing aid with batteries, old eyeglasses.

    Communication:
    Cell phone with 12 volt auto plug (and know how to text), landline telephone that does not need AC power, portable AM/FM radio with batteries, portable TV with battery and 12 volt auto plug. Write the emergency channels, including your city’s, on a sticker.

    Food and Water:
    Store somewhere you hope to access after an earthquake: Jerry cans of water, food that does not require cooking.

    Maintenance:
    After several years everything spoils, discharges, or no longer fits. Even your best intentions become obsolete. So keep your preparations at a level you will maintain year after year.