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American Sign Language provides alerts to deaf and functional-needs residents

Posted Aug. 13, 2019

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Fort Worth residents and visitors can rest easy knowing that their personal safety is important to those whose job it is to provide warning and protection. During severe weather events or large man-made incidents, most residents will receive warning through a NOAA All Hazard Weather radio, the city’s outdoor warning sirens, Nixle emergency texts or television and radio announcements.

Fort Worth residents with functional needs — hard of hearing, deaf or blind — can also rest easy as they can receive an alert through the Accessible Hazard Alert System.

The Fort Worth Fire Department Office of Emergency Management is part of a small group of municipalities nationwide that offer the Accessible Hazard Alert System, also known as AHAS, to residents with functional needs. The AHAS alerts are transmitted in a visual format displayed in American Sign Language, captioned English and Spanish text, spoken word and electronic Braille.

Participants must have a video-capable device such as an iPhone, Android, tablet, iPad or email to receive the alerts, and must live within Fort Worth city limits.

There is no cost to participate, and registration is easy. Simply visit Fort Worth AHAS website and provide your contact information.

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