To reach out to this underserved community, NWS Nashville successfully hosted a fully accessible SKYWARN Spotter Training workshop for the deaf and hard of hearing in January 2012. This event communicated spotter principles through images and American Sign Language, and focused on the use of the new technologies for reporting hazardous weather. This successful event prompted NWS Nashville and NWS Huntsville to collaborate on a similar regional SKYWARN workshop. By partnering with local deaf and hard of hearing community centers, the NWS has been able to construct a working model for providing training for these citizens. This enables the deaf and hard of hearing community to participate in the SKYWARN program with very little cost or added workload for the NWS. This model could easily be adopted nationwide, allowing an entirely new demographic to become Weather-Ready across the United States.
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