COMMUNICATIONS AFTER A DISASTER
The County should either  establish an Internet web site or  add web pages to an existing web site that will communicate response and recovery information of interest to disabled people after a disaster. The County should publicize the existence of this information resource to the disability community in advance of a disaster and to the entire community immediately after a disaster. The County ADA coordinator should recommend information to appear on the Internet site, encourage disability service organizations to submit pertinent information, and periodically update information prepared in anticipation of a future disaster.
Radio and television stations should
Companies that have airborne blimps with message boards should work with the County ADA coordinator in order to publicize major disability information resources and to provide other disability related information as feasible. (This form of communication is effective for people with hearing impairments, and is reassuring for everyone.)
The County Sheriff's Emergency Broadcast System announcements should include brief notices about major sources of disability related information, as well as TDD telephone numbers that can be passed on to hearing impaired persons.
The County Info Line (a telephone information service) should consult with County staff and increase Info Line holdings of information on disability disaster resources, and make greater efforts to publicize the availability of this information in advance of a disaster.
The "People Guide" published by the Interfaith Hunger Coalition immediately after a disaster should include information about the accessibility of food distribution sites and alternative means by which disabled people can obtain food.
Telephone companies should consult with the County ADA coordinator in order to add information about disaster resources, preparedness, and response pertinent to people with disabilities to the white pages of telephone books.
Telephone companies establish an 800-number voice information system for blind and reading impaired people to hear the white pages disaster information; and the system should have an option for listening to response and recovery information following a disaster.
Agencies with information on disaster preparation and response on videos should add captioning for hearing impaired people and audio description for visually impaired people.
The County should urge major distributors of such videos to only market videos with captioning and audio description.
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