Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Many people across NSW are affected by dangerous tsunami and there have been avoidable deaths due to tsunami. The protection of life is the highest priority for the NSW SES when we make decisions about planning for tsunami.

People who are deaf or have impaired hearing may be more susceptible to the impacts of tsunami. It is important to care for and assist all people to be prepared for, respond to and recover from tsunami.

Identifying a support person or carer who can assist with planning for and response to tsunamis can greatly increase the resilience of people who are deaf or have impaired hearing to recover faster from tsunami events.

If you care for a person who is deaf or has impaired hearing, they may need assistance in planning for tsunamis as well as putting that plan into action in times of tsunami.


  • Setting up a support tree to contact people with limited or no hearing (by visiting them) when a Tsunami Watch or Tsunami Warning has been issued, is a good way to make sure they get current information

TsunamiSafe information on what to do before, during and after a tsunami is relevant for people who are deaf or have impaired vision. A support person can run through the advice and tips for these areas with the person and assist in preparing, responding and recovering from tsunami.

Research (2013): Increasing the resilience of the NSW Deaf Community to natural hazards

NSW SES has been working with the Deaf Society, University of NSW and other NSW Emergency Services on a NSW State Government funded project looking at increasing the resilience of the Deaf Community in NSW to natural hazards.

The project aimed to:

  • Increase the resilience of the Deaf Community to future natural hazards and disasters via improved access to and provision of emergency management information; and
  • Increase the effective resources of NSW emergency service organisations enabling them to deliver their core business and to improve the deaf awareness for staff and professional officers within those organisations.

The key reports from this project are below:

Click here for more advice on what to do when a tsunami Warning is issued

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