Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing account for a large portion of the US population. About 40 million people have some degree of hearing loss. These Americans have specific concerns in terms of home safety, home security and disaster preparedness. At Protect America Home Security, we’ve assembled a short guide about home safety for the Deaf/HH communities.
Make a plan for what you would do with your pets in case of an emergency. Keep in mind that service animals are permitted in emergency public shelters.
Consider getting a smoke alarm specifically designed for the Deaf/HH. These alarms use flashing lights, vibrations and sound to alert people during an emergency.
Consider installing smoke and/or security alarms with an additional, external siren. External sirens can be much louder than the internal sirens in alarm systems.
Many modern home security and automation systems send text notifications to your cell phone. Keep your cell phone by your bed while sleeping so you can check your notifications. If you use a TTY device, also keep it by your bed while sleeping.
Some communities offer a service called ‘Reverse 911’ which contacts you in case of an emergency. Contact your local emergency management office to ask if Reverse 911 is available in your town and if it can interface with a TTY or send a text message.