Florida Sign Language Interpreter Warns of "Bear Monsters" at Hurricane Irma Briefing

Florida Sign Language Interpreter Warns of

Florida Sign Language Interpreter Warns of "Bear Monsters" at Hurricane Irma Briefing

McCarthy said she was not given any explanation about the identity of the man signing at the briefing, or why the county made a decision to use him as an interpreter during the briefing.

The former president of the National Association of the Deaf knew right off the bat that something wasn't right. The interpreter - a lifeguard named Marshall Greene - apparently has a deaf brother.

While residents of Manatee County, Florida, waited for information about evacuation plans and shelters on September 8, a man in a yellow polo and red shorts, standing alongside emergency management officials, was instead signing about pizza, dogs, cats, bears, and monsters.

It's a press conference no one will ever forget. "To watch that, knowing I could provide a qualified, certified interpreter".

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Sign language interpreters are as common a sight as news cameras and reporters at press briefings these days, particularly when it comes to emergency matters such as an impending natural disaster.

"Everybody was talking about it on social media, everyone was shocked, asking leaders in the deaf community to do something about it", he told local news channel WFLA.

On the county's video, Sandra Roche commented, "Who is this person you are using as a sign language interpreter?"

"I knew something went horribly wrong", VisCom owner Charlene McCarthy told WFLA Tampa, adding that she was never called about sending someone to do the job. She said she was horrified when she saw the broadcast.

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We spoke with the interpreter's family Tuesday night.

Before Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida, Manatee County leaders were preparing to address the public with "crucial" information.

The interpreter's family said he just did what his bosses asked him to do.

"He can't expect to communicate something he doesn't know", Greene's father told the station.

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The hearing impaired community is demanding an apology from Manatee County.

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