MAR 5 & 6 2025

Miami Beach Convention Center

FOX Weather: ‘Not just the hands:’ How to communicate natural disasters to deaf and hard-of-hearing community

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A sizable part of any inclement weather incident is making sure the intensity and severity is communicated to everyone in the environment and surrounding population. This can include and is not limited to those with different needs. The (ASL) American Sign Language has interpreters that make sure around 16% of the hard of hearing community is aware of any catastrophes or disasters are on the horizon.

For the convention members from Absolute Quality Interpreting (AQI) were present to speak about their communication services and the significance of making sure the ASL is included in any disaster discussion. AQI expressed the importance of people with hearing needs being able to see all expressions, gestures, and movements so they can accurately know what imminent situation is approaching.

AQI marketing and training director, Jenny Locy explained "We take a lot of pride in our culture and sign language. Interpreters are very critical to the heart of our community so that we can communicate with the outside world. It's very important to provide American Sign Language, and with American Sign Language, so much meaning and grammar are on the face, It's not just on the hands." Courtesy of Fox.

Fox Weather covered the two-day expo in Miami Beach, Florida, that highlighted disaster mitigation and preparedness. Thousands of people were in attendance to see the latest in disaster relief and catastrophe solutions.

Be on the lookout for more information about the next Natural Disasters Expo in Anaheim, CA this year!