Over the next few weeks, we're going to get a better understanding on the Center for Disease Control's Public Service Announcements – what topics they cover, how they are relayed and how they help with post-disaster clean up.
A is ASL
I remember visiting a friend in Florida one year during Hurricane Season and Jeb Bush's reign as Governor. A hurricane was brewing out in the Gulf and it was hard to find anything else to talk about in an otherwise boring, hot Florida summer. Gov. Bush put on great press conferences, partly due to his fluency in ASL – American Sign Language. The CDC offers PSA's on many subjects, in many formats including Spanish and ASL. This allows anyone, regardless of language, to be informed and prepared for a disaster.
These PSA's vary in topics and are very informative. There are PSAs about every kind of disaster and relevant information. Common topics include but certainly are not limited to:
- Earthquakes, tornados, windstorms, etc.
- How to prepare before the storm and how to deal with the aftermath.
- Medical information, such as allergies from mold or dealing with depression after a disaster.
- Safe drinking water and keeping your food at proper temperatures during a power outage.
- Building safety and electrical safety.
These PSA's are readily available at the CDC's website. Be sure to look at important PSAs for your area.
Next week: B is broadcasting. Read our next blog to learn how these public service announcements are made in this era of technology.