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President Melissa shares a brief re-cap from the NAD’s visit in Hawaii! #NADboard

VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT: Melissa is standing outside among green trees. A small white NAD logo appears on bottom right corner.

MELISSA: Hi, I am Melissa, and I am here in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the NAD Board for our fifth in-person Board meeting during my two year term as President. We received such a warm welcome from the local deaf community here! They taught us a lot about Hawai’ian community and customs. On Thursday, a community leader gave us a workshop on Hawai’i culture, history, and traditions. For the past three days, the Board was busy discussing the five NAD priorities and getting ready for the upcoming NAD conference this summer. On Thursday, we had our meeting at the Hawai’i State Capitol, then on Friday and Saturday, we met at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind. On Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, the Board had a scary experience. At 8:11 AM, we noticed most of us received an emergency alert on our phones about a missile that was heading towards Hawaii. This alert made us very nervous, and the Board quickly discussed what our next steps were before Principal Angel Ramos informed us that he was looking for shelter on campus for us. Quickly, we moved into a storage room within the school library where we were. We moved chairs into the storage room so that we could sit and wait for further announcements. A local person informed us about 20 minutes later that the alert was announced as false. Around 8:34 AM [news reports say 8:45a], we received a second emergency alert on our phones explaining that it was a false alarm. While we were relieved at this news, the whole experience was unnerving. Before we resumed our Board meeting, we used the opportunity to share our feelings with each other to reflect on what happened. We were quite scared. We realized the alerts did not provide adequate information, and it took too much time to obtain additional information. Many other people knew the first alert was false for quite a while before we received the second alert. We had no choice but to rely on the first alert because we did not have access to any updates that were available to others. We also took a moment to discuss why some Board members received the alert while others did not. This is what other people experience when receiving alerts about a tornado or hurricane such as what happened in Puerto Rico. Often, deaf and hard of hearing people in disasters do not have access to emergency information. The NAD will be looking into this closely and use our first-hand experience to help determine ways to improve access for deaf and hard of hearing people. Moving on, we’re excited about our next and last Board meeting of this term which will take place in Wisconsin in April. That meeting will focus mostly on conference preparation. We will be sharing more information after this. Thank you.

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