Tag: School Safety

Sign Language Video and Photography to Help First Responders (and others) Communicate During Emergencies, Including Evacuation Scenarios

As I type this blog I am watching CNN news reporting from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) about the terrorist threat that forced their schools to close today. Luckily students were not in session thus avoiding a massive evacuation across an entire city. But, what if students had been in the classrooms, including Deaf students who use sign language to communicate. Would we be able to evacuate all safely?

Knowing a few words in sign language can save lives.

So, I am asking on behalf of those who are Deaf or use sign as a preferred mode for communication if you would take a few moments to learn a few signs. For someday you may be a child or adults communication bridge to safety!

A Top 10 list that can save lives!

I have spent considerable time perusing the ShakeOut site and I came across some great features that I thought would be of interest to families, homeschooler and educators. Here is the list of my “Top 10”!

1- REGISTER your family, business, school, organization or individuals for the ShakeOut drill via this LINK. When all registered let others know by clicking the social media platform share buttons.

Note: Don’t miss the weekly Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety tweet chats by following on Twitter @ShakeOut

2- Play BEAT THE QUAKE – a game that uses loads of action and interesting questions to pique the interest of any child or adults who are kids at heart.

Perhaps the Most Important 10 Word Question of the Year

I live in California – the state where people live in sunshine more days then they do not. Where access to free and outdoor activities abounds. And, where this past week a serious threat to a local Pasadena high school was thwarted thanks to the efforts of astute community members and law enforcement.

It isn’t yet September and we are talking about school violence as if it is an eventuality this new school year and no longer “breaking news”. How can this be?

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