Public Health & Special Needs
Special Needs Registry
The Special Needs Registry identifies individuals who require special assistance during emergencies, including hurricanes, evacuations, sheltering-in-place, and chemical spills. Enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for, and respond to community needs.
The Special Needs Registry includes all individuals, regardless of age, with a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or who may require additional assistance during an emergency. These include those who:
Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent
Have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device
Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or Deaf
Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities
Use assistive animals or a prosthesis
A family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can enroll the individual on their behalf. Enroll in the Special Needs Registry by calling 311 or filling out a Special Needs Registry application.
Medical Special Needs Shelters
In the case of an emergency, those with medical or mobility needs may need to leave their homes and enter a Medical Special Needs Shelter. View information about Medical Special Needs Shelters here.
Pregnancies & Emergencies
View information about how to prepare for an emergency while pregnant here.
Seniors & Elderly
Those who take medication or use a medical treatment on a regular basis should have a three day supply on hand at minimum for any emergency and take extra precautions during an emergency.
View more information on emergency preparation for seniors and those with medical needs here.
Current Warnings and Advisories
There are no public health warnings or advisories at this time.