Letter to the editor

During emergency evacuations, employees who are deaf are frequently left in the building because they cannot hear the alarm.

Some of the employees have evacuation pagers, but there are many "dead areas" where the pagers do not work. There are a few strobe lights that are too weak to be noticed over the interior lights. Most of the time, the assigned "buddies" are not in the same area as the employees who cannot hear the alarm.

I have talked to the management for literally years and the problem has not been solved.

I would very much like to see powerful strobe lights all over the building to alert all employees to evacuate. The strobe frequency can be set so it will not trigger seizures. However, this will never happen because there are no funds for it.

What are other agencies doing?

There has to be some legal requirement for building accessibility and safety for all employees.

Nancy Sanders U.S. Geological Survey Interior Department


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