Since 1999, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radios have provided dangerous weather warnings and civil emergency messages for the National Weather Service. But, after recent studies showed that the 36 million Americans with hearing loss were going uninformed, NOAA strived to build more diverse radios.
On October 5th, the National Weather Service in Nashville, the Metro Office of Emergency Management and the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a symposium for deaf and hearing impaired households to receive a free NOAA weather radio that now includes a strobe light and bed shaker/pillow vibrator attachments.
In addition to this symposium, a project between the federal government and the National Public Radio (NPR) will continue to explore an emergency communications system for those with hearing loss in the Gulf Coast. In theory, the system would be connected the Public Radio Satellite System.
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