Every year, natural hazard emergency events affect thousands of people throughout Australia. Emergency services and related organisations work hard to educate the community about different natural hazard risks, how to decide when to leave safely, and how to understand warning and evacuation systems. However, most of this information is in written or spoken English. This means that Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing Australians who cannot rely on spoken English or whose first language is Auslan are often the last to know. The National Auslan Communications website resource brings important information together in one place, in Auslan and in written English. If you are Deaf, Deafblind or hard of hearing, an Auslan/English interpreter or work in the emergency services domain, this website will help you to:

  • Understand the different natural hazards experienced by Australians every year;
  • Understand how you can take responsibility for your own safety;
  • Learn how to prepare, respond and recover from natural hazard events in your area;
  • Understand how and who to contact in an emergency.


Funding and support

With thanks to the Federal Government Attorney General’s Department for the National Emergency Management Project funding that enabled this work to be undertaken.

Appreciation is extended to the many Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing individuals as well as emergency service and related organisations for their support and assistance.


This work has been compiled from a variety of sources including material generally available on the public record, reputable specialist sources and original material. Care has been taken to verify accuracy and reliability wherever possible. However, the material does not provide professional advice. Vicdeaf as the lead agency in this project does not give any warranty or accept any liability concerning the contents of this work

About Vicdeaf

Our Vision

Our clients and our community live in an accessibleinclusive society with equal opportunity in all areas of life.

Our Mission

We are a progressive, iconic community organisation that:

  •  Builds pride in being Deaf
    •  Improves social, economic, cultural and civic participation
    •  Supports people to communicate and connect with the world
    •  Advocates and promotes the aspirations of those we serve

Vicdeaf is a not for profit organisation established in 1884 and is the primary source of reference, referral, advice and support for deaf and hard of hearing adults in Victoria.

Visit our website www.vicdeaf.com.au