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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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.

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Last updated: 11/6/2014 4:13:27 PM

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