Home > News

American Sign Language provides alerts to deaf and functional-needs residents

Posted Aug. 13, 2019

Logo for Accessible Hazard Alert System

Fort Worth residents and visitors can rest easy knowing that their personal safety is important to those whose job it is to provide warning and protection. During severe weather events or large man-made incidents, most residents will receive warning through a NOAA All Hazard Weather radio, the city’s outdoor warning sirens, Nixle emergency texts or television and radio announcements.

Fort Worth residents with functional needs — hard of hearing, deaf or blind — can also rest easy as they can receive an alert through the Accessible Hazard Alert System.

The Fort Worth Fire Department Office of Emergency Management is part of a small group of municipalities nationwide that offer the Accessible Hazard Alert System, also known as AHAS, to residents with functional needs. The AHAS alerts are transmitted in a visual format displayed in American Sign Language, captioned English and Spanish text, spoken word and electronic Braille.

Participants must have a video-capable device such as an iPhone, Android, tablet, iPad or email to receive the alerts, and must live within Fort Worth city limits.

There is no cost to participate, and registration is easy. Simply visit Fort Worth AHAS website and provide your contact information.

Get articles like this in your inbox. Subscribe to City News.

City News

Calendar

AllianceAirport Authority, Inc.: 1 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
View the agenda »

Central City Local Government Corporation: 1 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Local Development Corporation: 1 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas st..
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District Board of Directors: 2 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas st..
View the agenda »

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Disciplinary Appeal of Indefinite Suspension of Mitchell Miller: 9 a.m. Aug. 21, 2019; Bob Bolen Safety Complex, Classroom #1134, 505 Felix Street.
View the agenda »

Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Aug. 21, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Aug. 21, 2019; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2019; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City Council Budget Work Session: 9 a.m. Aug. 22, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th St.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Affordability, Inc. Board of Directors Annual Meeting: 5 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

North Riverside Drive Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; Villages of Woodland Springs Amenities Center, 12209 Timberland Road.

Animal Shelter Advisory Committee Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; Animal Care and Control Center, 500 MLK Freeway.
View the agenda »

The Essentials of Your Business Plan: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
Register for this event »

Presentations and Pitches Bootcamp: 9 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
Register for this event »

Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee: 9 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Fort Worth Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
View the agenda »

City Council Budget Work Session: 10 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Workforce Solutions For Tarrant County Investment Committee Meeting: 10 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Workforce Solutions Board Offices, Large Conference Room, Ste. 600, 1320 S. University Drive.
View the agenda »

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Leadership Committee Meeting: 10:45 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Workforce Solutions, Board Offices, Large Conference Room, Ste. 600, 1320 S. University Drive.
View the agenda »

Community Engagement Summer Workshop: 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24, 2019; Harvest Assembly of God, 7501 Crowley Road.
Register for this event »

Canceled Community Engagement Summer Workshop (SPANISH): 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

View the full city calendar and current meetings.