Summary of Effective Communication in an Emergency on December 10 2016
First, the most important part of this presentation was about contact with the police. Emily wanted to make sure that the knowledge about this subject, police interaction, was for everyone. Here are tips for your effective communication with the police in the event of an emergency;
- Stay calm. Waving your arms will make everyone nervous.
- Never touch police
- Make eye contact with police.
- Requiring an ASL interpreter in writing is very important.
- Turn on a car interior light when it's dark.
- Never sign papers without a lawyer and an ASL interpreter! It is important to wait until an ASL interpreter and a lawyer arrive.
- Get an ASL interpreter who is neutral and certified.
- Make clear question to police; can I leave now?
- To avoid problems; get a Deaf Visor Card from the Big Island Association of the Deaf. See the pictures below.
|Front side of Deaf Visor Card|
|Back side of Deaf Visor Card|
The second subject was about your effective communication with the fire department in the event of an emergency. The presenter made clear that you don't call up from the home where the fire is happening. When there is fire at home, use your family or /and friends for an "interpreter". She checked the available of a fire alarm in the training room. This is also deaf friendly fire alarm. The Red Cross for the Big Island provided fire alarms to people but this project stopped because of insufficient volunteers. In addition, Oahu gives free fire alarms and installations to deaf people.
Finally, here is a simple list for your effective communication with the emergency medical services in the event of an emergency. Always bring paper for communication. It can save your life.
Remember; every situation is unique.
Serious medical condition card/bracelet
Allergies card/ bracelet
Who lives with you
Deaf Visor Card
Put your ID on your smart phone
Questions they will ask ;
medical history (if known)
any medications taken (if known)
They will ask you the same thing: Medical history and Medications
Write it down ahead of time
Show the medical card
Not usual to have interpreters right away
Request ASAP so the interpreters can be ready at the hospital