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Emergency Preparedness

An image depicting various natural disasters.

Disasters, whether they happen in our homes or communities, do not operate on a schedule, so it is important to be prepared when they strike.

KCDHH established a study group to address ways to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians are alerted, informed, protected and empowered before, during and after an emergency or disaster. After attending the Accessible Emergency Notification and Information: State of the Science conference at Gallaudet University in November of 2005, KCDHH asked for permission to post these fact sheets on our website giving the appropriate credit.

The CEPIN (Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network) project was supported by a cooperative agreement administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness.

Red Cross: Preparing To Go To A Shelter
Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

Click image below to watch the video at YouTube.




For Lexingtonians: "Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS)"

Click image below to watch the video from LexAlerts.

Go to BeReady's website for more information.

Also see BeReady's ASL emergency preparedness videos.


Captioned and ASL Signed FEMA Videos at YouTube

We Prepare Everyday


Be Informed


Make A Plan


Build A Kit



For more detailed information about various disasters and emergencies, please visit the Disasters and Emergencies page at Once you open this page, look on the left side to see a list of specific disasters which you can click on and view the setailed information about that specific disaster.

Helpful weather/emergency alert apps for your iPhone/iPad

The Weather Channel

AccuWeather: Weather Alerts

CARROT Weather: Alerts & Radar

There are currently many other emergency alert apps available for smartphones and there are new ones being developed and released over time. Search for them regularly to find one that best fits your needs.