Every year, bushfires, floods and other extreme weather events affect thousands of Victorians in the Melbourne metropolitan region, regional centres and rural areas. The Victorian emergency services work hard to educate the community about different natural hazard risks, how to decide when to leave safely, and how to understand warning and evacuation systems.
However, most of this information is in written or spoken English. This means that deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Victorians who cannot rely on spoken English or whose first language is Auslan are often the last to know. The Deaf Emergency Information resource brings important information together in one place, in Auslan and in written English. If you are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing, the Deaf Emergency Information website will help you to:
- Understand the different natural hazards experienced by Victorians every year;
- Learn from the experiences of other people in the community;
- Understand how to watch and act so you can take responsibility for your own safety;
- Learn how to prepare, respond and recover from natural hazard events in your area;
- Understand how emergency services work together.
Find out more about your bushfire risk and what you can do to plan and prepare from these Auslan Resources.