Media release: NZSL is essential to “Get Ready” for emergencies

Deaf people across Aotearoa New Zealand will now have access to comprehensive advice about emergency preparedness, with New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week marking the launch of Get Ready in NZSL by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in partnership with Deaf Aotearoa. supports individuals, whānau, communities, schools and businesses to get ready for, respond to and recover from emergency events. Get Ready in NZSL sees all life safety and emergency preparedness advice across almost the website translated into NZSL.

“Everyone has a right to accessible information before, during and after emergencies. This initiative means that Deaf people now have access to the same information as everybody else about how to get prepared for emergencies,” says NEMA Chief Executive Dave Gawn.

“These improvements reflect NZSL’s status as one of Aotearoa’s three official languages, while empowering Deaf people to prepare themselves and their whānau for emergencies.

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