Educators Lesson #3 – DISASTER PREPAREDNESS SIGN LANGUAGE

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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“)

 

HELP2

 

 

EARTHQUAKE
EARTHQUAKE – Shake your fists to show a movement of the land

 

 

POLICE
Represents the badge of Police Officers

 

 

 

 

OXYGEN MASK
Simulating a face mask

 

 

 

SICK
FINGER on FOREHEAD and STOMACH

 

 

 

 

FEEL

 

 

 

 

Helping to communicate with the Deaf is important for First Responders

 

WATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION
PAY ATTENTION

 

 

FIREMAN
FIREMAN/ WOMAN/

 

 

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:

  1. 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:

Learn to Sign the Fun Way – a book of ASL activities

 

For Older Students and Adults:

OKLAHOMA Dept of Health 

CDC Emergency Family Resources

 

 

 VIDEOS with  INFO and DISASTER SIGN LANGUAGE 

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