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Inclusive Emergency Communication Checklist

Use this checklist to assist with coordinating the details of press conferences and/or other emergency communications to ensure that everyone is getting the same life-saving information, including viewers with disabilities. In the event of an emergency or disaster, it's important to understand what effective communication is and that everyone shares a responsibility, including state and local government and the media. Thank you to Able-SC and South Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council for the checklist. 

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Hurricane Preparation in SC-Have a Plan Ready-ASL Videos

Today, September 6, 2017, the South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has declared a State of Emergency to prepare for Hurricane Irma. A press conference was held at SCEMD around 2:30 PM with an Interpreter. 

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) Team is closely watching Hurricane Irma and will plan accordingly. It will be important to review your emergency plans.

If you live in a small town or in a rural area, you can go to your local fire department and give them your information. Let them know you are deaf or hard of hearing. Give them your address and the best way to contact you.

Here is the Hurricane Guide with all the information. Click here for the Hurricane Guide

Click here to print Emergency Checklist
(For those who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants, pack back up batteries)

Watch your local news closely and any emergency alerts on your mobile phone. Check on your deaf and hard of hearing seniors or others that may not have internet connection.

Click here to sign up for CodeRed Alerts

SCEMD's website www.scemd.org for more information. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook. 

SCAD will watch for updates as they become available.

Prepare for Hurricane in ASL. Turn on Closed Captions (CC).

 Prepare for Flooding in ASL. Turn on closed caption (CC).

Fire Safe South Carolina-Smoke Alarm Alert for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Fire Safe South Carolina has a program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents in South Carolina to apply for smoke alarm alert.

Parents of deaf and hard of hearing children age 6 years or older may apply.

If you are interested, please print form, read instructions, fill it out and send directly to address on the form.

Website: firesafe.sc.gov/hearingimpairedalarms.html

You can print form from website or Click here to print form

Deaf Awareness Day at Carowinds September 16, 2017

Deaf Awareness Day at Carowinds

Location: Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 
Click here to order tickets

SCAD will have a booth there. Come join! Any questions, see contact information on flyer.  Directions and Map

SCEMD Solar Eclipse Safety Tips-American Sign Language (ASL)

The Total Solar Eclipse is on Monday, August 21, 2017. SCAD would like to thank the SC Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) for providing this video in American Sign Language (ASL). SCEMD shares the total eclipse safety tips presented by Jason Hurdich for our deaf and hard of hearing community and visitors in South Carolina (be sure to turn on closed captioning). 
SCAD's office will be closed on Monday, August 21, 2017 due to expected heavy traffic and visitors in the Columbia area. Thank you for watching. 

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