Deaf hiker rescued by ASL-fluent volunteer

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A Seattle search-and-rescue volunteer came to the aid of an injured deaf hiker thanks to her knowledge of American Sign Language.

A hiker discovered three hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail several miles from Snoqualmie Pass on Oct. 5. One of them, identified as 55-year-old Tak Soohyun of Seattle, had a broken ankle. She and her two companions were all deaf.

The hiker called 911, and the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s search-and-rescue team responded to the scene.

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FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Oct. 4, 2023

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Test Messages Will be Sent to All TVs, Radios and Cell Phones

WASHINGTON — FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall.

The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test to all cellular devices. The test message will display in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.

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DAD Note: You do not have to do anything.  This is only a test to confirm that the Federal/National system is working as expected.