Poremba: Some aid for hearing-impaired in storm

By PAULINE POREMBA
Rantoul Press columnist


I have been blessed with answers to my questions concerning the hearing-impaired.

I had a visit from our animal control officer, Dan, who gave me a great deal of information about the subject that he received from John Dwyer, Champaign County Emergency Management Agency official.

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Another man called who has a business that makes and sells strobe lights that are activated when a weather system goes into warning mode.

He told me about many different ways to help the hearing-impaired. Some people are living on small income and can’t afford to buy items like a shaking pillow or a bed that moves to wake them up.

Some of the storms that shattered many communities have put people on alert. Please plan with your family what you will do in case of a bad storm.

WeatherRadios.com

Homesafe.Inc

Silent Call Communications Corp.

Harris Communications Inc.

These are some of the companies you can look into, to educate yourself and family members.

What is the special-needs NOAA weather radio?

The radio has been designed to adapt to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing. It can warn them of hazardous conditions, giving them round-the-clock, up-to-the-minute weather information.

Some of the aids for the deaf and hard of hearing include visual and vibrating alarms and simple text readouts and liquid crystal display readout that indicates the level of alert that operates on batteries.

The strobe light is a really good idea.

Would someone tell the people of Rantoul where to go in case of a tornado if they live in a mobile home?

No one knows the calls I receive and the questions I am asked. I don’t want to give out a wrong answer.

Yesterday (Ash Wednesday) a caller wanted to know if I made and tasted the recipes I put in the column.

Yes, I do unless it contains salmon. I wouldn’t put a piece of salmon in my mouth because I can’t stand the smell or taste of it. I do eat other fish and enjoy it.

March 22 is the next trip to the East Peoria riverboat. Give me a call at 892-4508 to reserve your seat.

Corn Sticks
Two cups of biscuit mix
One 8-ounce can of cream-style corn
One stick of melted butter
Two tablespoons of minced green onion
Mix biscuit mix, green onions and cream corn. Place dough on a floured surface and cut into 3- by 1-inch strips. Roll in melted butter and bake at 400 degrees for 15-16 minutes.

Pauline Poremba of Rantoul writes a weekly column for the Rantoul Press, focusing on social and community issues.

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