New Alert System Available to Visually- and Hearing-Impaired
Alachua County, FL -- Alachua County Fire Rescue has acquired the "Accessible Hazard Alert System", which makes it easier to get information out to deaf, deaf-blind and visually impaired individuals.
If there's an emergency, the individual will get an email or a text with the link to view the emergency message.
When they click the link, the message will be available in a variety of formats and will alert people to any impending danger - weather-related warnings, chemical spills or even terror instances.
According to Alachua County Fire Rescue Emergency Management Director David Donnelly, the information is sent out as, "American Sign Language video, English voice over, and the English text of the message, and it will also transmit that information to electronic wireless Braille readers for folks who use those."
Anyone can sign up for the system and it is free to the public - see the following instructions to sign up:
1. Go to:www.alachua.deaflink.com.
2. Click on "Register" on the left-hand side.
3. Complete the required information and click "Create New Account".
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