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Help Make Emergency Alerts and Warning Systems Accessible

July 29, 2014
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area, your help is needed to make emergency alerts and warning systems accessible to people with disabilities.

Alerts and warning messages are critical during emergencies. People with disabilities are sometimes not considered when sending alerts and warnings. This can impact how people with disabilities prepare, respond and get back to normal. You are invited to discuss how people are alerted and respond to emergency alerts. We have completed many focus groups and at this time need the opinions of those who are hard of hearing. The name of the focus group study is "Wireless Emergency Alerts and Follow-up Information Modalities."

Your total time commitment for the focus group will be no more than 3 hours; this does not include travel time to and from Georgia Tech. If you decide to participate you will receive $60. The date, time, and location will be announced soon.

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) really needs your opinions.

If you want to participate, please contact Maureen Linden at 404.894.0561 (voice) or (e-mail).

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