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Who we are:
We are a friendly group of people with mild to profound hearing loss who meet once a month for fellowship and to share information. We would love to meet you! Spouses, family members, and friends are welcome too!
HLAA Nashville Chapter
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
1003 Hickory Hill Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076-1906

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E-mail: hlaanashvillechapter@gmail.com
Winter is Coming!

Along with all the hustle and bustle of family and holidays, December marks the beginning of winter and with the possibilities of bad weather. Are you prepared for an emergency in your home? For people with hearing loss or deafness emergency preparations can be a bit trickier. So here are some tips on how to make sure you and your household are prepared.

Make sure you have safety equipment such as smoke detectors and CO2 detectors that are made for individuals with hearing loss.

Put together an emergency preparedness kit that includes:

Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food




Waterproof storage bag for smartphone if there is no shelter from the weather.

Communication cards if sign language is used. Important signs printed on this card would help explain basic needs to emergency workers or workers at a local shelter such as "food," "water," "sick," and "help." These should also be put in waterproof storage bags.

Phone number of local communication center for the deaf and hard of hearing in case an interpreter is needed.
Pen and paper in case emergency workers don't know how to sign or your hearing device is damaged or batteries fail, to write back and forth.

Disposable batteries for those with hearing aids or cochlear implants. Keep about 4 weeks of batteries in the emergency kit in case there is no access to purchase or recharge batteries.

Waterproof/sealed container that is large enough to hold hearing aids or cochlear implants to protect if there is no shelter from the weather.

Winding or battery operated weather alert radio specifically designed for individuals with hearing loss with closed captioned water messages with vibration and flashing lights.

Also the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the Weather Wire Service (NWWS) which offers delivery of weather alerts through email messages.

Here are some links for resources:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Disaster Preparedness Video: The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) has developed a short video presented via sign language, closed cap on, and voice on how to prepare for an emergency. It also role plays the tips provided for individuals with hearing loss.

www.cepintdi.org/being-prepared/deaf-and-hard-of- hearing-disaster-preparedness-video

First Aid Information and other tips:

www.ready.gov

SafeAwake Smoke Alarm Aid:

www.safeawake.com/ Lifetone

Sleep Safety: http://lifetonesafety.com/

NOAA Weather Radio – Emergency Warnings Available for Individuals with Hearing Loss: A questions and answers page that explains the usefulness of having a National Weather Radio as well as referral to vendors that sell NWR receivers and accessories for individuals with hearing loss.

www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/special_need.htm
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Can opener for food

Local maps

Prescription medications and glasses

Infant formula and diapers (if you have a baby)

Pet food and extra water for your pet

Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

Cash or traveler's checks and change

Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information

Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.

Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

Fire Extinguisher

Matches in a waterproof container

Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

Camping style mess kit or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Flashlight and batteries for those who need light to speech read or for those who use a sign language interpreter.

Emergency battery packs for your smartphone