September is Disaster Preparedness month! Here at Signing Families we are focused on both communication and safety! So, let’s learn some sign to keep people safe and also to assist those who need our help!
This lesson is geared towards ALL AGES with resources split by age group.
One of the most important words to learn is TO HELP
Placing the sign against your body and that means HELP ME!
Move the sign away from your body and that means DO YOU NEED HELP?
This sign also is good for everyday need of HELP (“I need HELP to tie my shoes“)
LESSONS for Preschool – Middle School Students
Make a safety plan with the family or in the classroom. Which SIGNS would be great to know in order to keep safe?
Make a safety kit in case one needs to shelter in place. What items should go in this kit? FOOD? WATER? MEDICATION?
This video shows in sign language what items are recommended for inclusion in an EMERGENCY SAFETY KIT.
LESSONS for Middle School and Older:
- How did disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, change the way we prepare our communities for disasters?
Include how First Responders have changed their ability to understand how to help and communicate with people who have Access and Functional Needs (AFN).
RESOURCES IN SIGN LANGUAGE:
For young children through Middle School:
For Older Students and Adults: