When the weather turns severe, you will see more of this.
Local, state and federal officials will hold press conferences to warn residents of weather danger.
Sign language interpreters tend to be a part of these press conferences.
But how many times have you seen the news cameras zoom in, crop out the interpreter and leave millions of Deaf viewers without access to vital information?
It’s frustrating, right?
One group in Georgia is training interpreters on how to handle emergency interpreting.
More importantly is also educating government officials and news agencies on the importance of making sure sign language interpreters are a mandatory part of news coverage during emergency situations.
This is the picture Georgia Governor Brian Kemp took with Aaron Shoemaker, the members of his EMIT class and Sign1News staff members.
Georgia has established a strong bond with the Deaf and interpreter communities and has a strict policy during emergency press conferences.
The press secretary makes it clear to every news outlet in the room, if you crop out the interpreter, you will be escorted out and not invited back.