If you are deaf/hard of hearing and have been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas:
- Please mark yourself safe (and encourage others to do so) on Facebook and 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 let Maria Town know ASAP: [email protected].
- Full list of evacuation and shelter locations: https://gov.texas.
- Monitor updates from local, state, and federal emergency management officials: https://www.
youtube.com/watch?v= 0x6OgXOaXz4 and https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=f_o- 3mJUWH0
- Safety tips and contact information for medical assistance or evacuation assistance: https://www.fema.
- Text-to-911 is available in Harris, Fort Bend, and Galveston Counties — those systems may be overwhelmed and should ONLY be used for emergencies.
- There is a Facebook page for Deaf Survivors of Hurricane Harvey: https://www.facebook.
- Contact Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies who is working to help connect people with disabilities to disaster response and recovery efforts: http://www.
Those of you who are experiencing Hurricane Harvey, we hope for your safety and that you look out for each other.
Provided by National Association of the Deaf (NAD)