ATLANTA — When an emergency like the one we saw during Hurricane Irma happens in Georgia, it’s critical that everyone gets the latest information from state leaders.

That also includes the nearly 300,000 hearing impaired people living in the state.

For the past five years, you have seen David Cowan, but likely didn’t know his name. Cowan is the expressive official American Sign Language interpreter for the state of Georgia.

“It’s an honor to be here working with the governor’s office,” Cowan told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot.

Cowan, who was born deaf, signs the latest emergency information that is relayed to him by another interpreter on the opposite side of the room.

From there, Cowan signs it to the deaf or hard of hearing Georgians — generally right beside Gov. Brian Kemp.