MANATEE COUNTY, FLORIDA (ALBOENEWS) — The deaf community in Florida and around the country are expressing outrage after a non-professional sign interpreter was used during an emergency press conference right before Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area.

According to NBC Miami, officials called a press conference on September 8th to address the public on the Irma concerns, and giving crucial information, including evacuation orders. But they were pressed to find an interpreter to sign for them, causing them to ask Marshall Greene, a lifeguard whose brother is deaf.

He went on to mostly sign gibberish, talking about pizza, monsters, and “help you at that time to use bear big.”

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