Updated Resources on Accessible Emergency Communications

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The Wireless RERC updated four handouts that serve as resources for people with disabilities, emergency managers, and other stakeholders to raise awareness, as well as provide actionable information, on how to ensure emergency information reaches the whole community. The handouts address optimizing smartphones to receive and react to Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages, how to ensure access to the Deaf population, and technology, policy, and training considerations for all stakeholders. The documents are brief handouts. Feel free to share within your organization and communities. Following are links and descriptions of each document:

Need to Know Information about Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

This document provides need to know information about WEA. It explains what a WEA is, who WEA providers are, your rights regarding WEA and what you should do to access WEA. Remember, WEA messages can save lives. Do not ignore them!

Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access

This document provides a description of some apps that can be used to enhance WEA access. It explains different apps, their features and where you can locate them to better understand WEA messages and aid in responding to WEA the messages appropriately. Provided are links to more information for each app.

Common Misconceptions Regarding People who are Deaf & Rely on American Sign Language

This document provides common misconceptions regarding people who are Deaf and rely on American Sign Language (ASL) and their access to emergency information.

12 Considerations for Accessible Emergency Communications

This document features twelve considerations for accessible emergency communications to help guide emergency communications planning for people with disabilities and those with access and functional needs. Also provided is a list of websites and resources with specific information concerning technology, policy, training and education.  


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