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A visual emergency alert for Fort Worth residents now available

Posted Sept. 22, 2017

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When outdoor warning sirens are activated for severe weather events, an act of terrorism or a manmade disaster, many people with a sensory disability living or working in Fort Worth will not receive the alert.

To help provide emergency alerts to the entire community, the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management has contracted with DeafLink, a national leader in sensory disability services, to provide the Accessible Hazard Alert Program, or AHAS. It’s a free visual alert service to any resident, worker or visitor who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind or deaf/blind.

How it works

DeafLink receives the alerts from the National Weather Service or the Office of Emergency Management and creates a visual message in American Sign Language, English voice, English text and refreshable Braille. The program was recently expanded to include a Spanish-language text in addition to the English version. The visual alert is sent to Fort Worth AHAS participants using ZIP code locations.

AHAS participants must have a video device capable of receiving video signals, such as a smart phone, iPad or email or a refreshable Braille reader in order to get the alert.

Register online

Residents can receive this free service by registering for AHAS. Because the program uses Fort Worth ZIP codes as location markers, the AHAS program is only available within the city limits of Fort Worth.

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