The Special Needs Registry identifies individuals who require special assistance during emergencies, including, but not limited to hurricanes, evacuations, sheltering-in-place, and chemical spills.
Any individual, regardless of age, who has a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or may require additional assistance during a time of emergency should register. Examples include people 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.
If an individual cannot complete the enrollment form themselves, a family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can enroll the individual on their behalf. While enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, it allows first responders to appropriately plan, prepare for, and respond to the needs of the community.
How Your Information Is Used
Information submitted to the Special Needs Registry is shared with first responders and emergency management officials to plan for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies. Strict confidentiality is maintained at all times. Only those that have a reason to access the information are authorized to do so.
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