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Emergency Preparedness For People With Hearing Loss
By JoAnne Spoto Decker, President, HLAA-NYS Board of Directors
Who can forget “Y2K” (Midnight, January 1, 2000), the magical year that would turn the modern world upside-down? People around the globe prepared for the worst by securing survival items from flashlights to generators, flip-top cans of food and drink, and extras of everything. We know the end of the story. The world’s population breathed a collective sigh of relief. And with that, batteries expired, flashlights discarded, food “use by” dates expired, etc., etc., etc.
In the last decade, horrific emergencies have befallen the United States and countries around the globe. Some disasters came with a window of warning, most did not. HLAA-NYS encourages everyone, especially those with hearing loss, to use Y2K as a teachable moment. Don’t just get prepared for a particular predicted event, but stay prepared for any emergency that can happen to you and your family.