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Rep. Reggie Meeks Reveals Nightmarish Problem

March 8th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Read this from Reggie Meeks:

A chilling reminder of the horror of it all came into my office. That we must use this tragedy to now demand better access to emergency information for our visually impaired and our deaf and hard of hearing citizens was driven home just yesterday. Reps from the Blind Veterans Association, Independence Place (in Lexington) and others met with me and revealed they have lost members in Eastern Kentucky to the tornado. Citizens who could not see, or who could not hear died in the tornado and it is haunting to now speculate whether they ever saw or heard reports of their pending doom I pray the Governor, the appropriate Cabinet Secretaries and others with access to means of communicating with these differently abled populations will come together and do what is necessary to ensure blind and deaf citizens have access to emergency information. Information, thanks to the media, we take for granted.

Frankfort needs to act on this.

Tags: Eastern Kentucky · Frustration · Veterans

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ed Marksberry // Mar 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Good post Jake, I being one of those who have to rely on hearing aids, can appreciate Rep Meeks bringing awareness to this. There is one website that helps those find information and solutions to those with special needs posted below.
    One thing I might add to the readers while dashing through public parking lots; consider the pedestrians that have visual and hearing impairments. I don’t know how many times I’ve stepped out in front of a car coming up from behind me, my own fault though!

    http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/edu/safety/specialneeds.html

  • 2 aaron 27 // Mar 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

    My great grandmother was born blind. She recently passed and lived to be 94 years old. Having been around a blind person, I know that this is a very important issue. I hope they can do something to help out these people. Very sad and certainly preventable. I hope the General Assembly and the Governor take this up.

  • 3 Davi // Mar 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    In addition to those with impairments are those who were traveling–with no advance weather info–driving in silence or perhaps listening to CDs or Sirus Radio.

    Perhaps for travelers, warnings could be (maybe they were?) put onto road signs–the electronic ones. There was at least one death of someone traveling who was blown out of the car and found dead in a field.
    I found it amazing that some did not know about the warnings, but in some situations, yes, there was no warning received. Not everybody has a working TV; not everybody watches TV, though our meteorologists did an amazing job.

    I’d like to see some dedicated radio frequencies for emergency information. During the big ice storm, the press conferences were on TV (!!!) when the multitudes with no power had no TV. Bless Francene for what live coverage/info she provided via radio, but for the rest of the time we got nothing but Rush’s rantings and other such useless programs.
    There seems a big disconnect in emergency preparedness which we need to fix before we have a big earthquake or some other emergency. This tornado outbreak is a big wake-up call.

  • 4 Conservative Kentuckian // Mar 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    There are no permanent electronic road signs in the eastern Kentucky areas that were affected.

    I subscribe to XM. They used to carry the Weather Channel Radio, but not any more.