Being prepared for emergencies saves lives. But not everyone can access the information to help them get prepared or react safely during an emergency. Today in Canada, emergency alerts, emergency preparedness information, and the majority of the notification systems used to disseminate this information are not accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians.
As such, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) has undertaken a research project, funded by the Broadcast Accessibility Fund, in order to develop and provide practical, tangible recommendations to make emergency broadcasting accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians. The recommendations will be used to inform members of the national public alerting system and associated broadcasting agencies.
We need you!
As part of the research process, CHS is asking Canadians who are Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing to complete an online survey to assess your:
- Emergency management knowledge
- Emergency information sources
- Past communication experiences with emergency organizations
Why your feedback is important
This research will help identify globally-accepted best practices, technology, platforms, and identify gaps and provide recommendations. Using these recommendations, an accessible emergency broadcasting toolkit will be created to assist in the development of accessible emergency preparedness information.
Canadians who are Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing interested in taking our survey can choose one of the following options, based on how they self-identify: