Do you or someone you know have a condition that will require extra help during an emergency? Local agencies need that information for a resource planning registry.
According to Chapter 252, Section 355 of the Florida Statutes, “In order to meet the special needs of persons who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical, mental, cognitive impairment or sensory disabilities, the division, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, shall maintain a registry of persons with special needs located within the jurisdiction of the local agency.”
This registry allows local emergency management agencies to plan resource allocation to meet the need of those requiring help.
Persons with special needs may preauthorize emergency response personnel to, if necessary, enter their homes during search-and-rescue operations to ensure their safety and welfare following disasters. This registration must be updated annually. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative helps local emergency management agencies get the word out about this program.
If you or someone you know has a special condition affecting eyesight, hearing, speech, walking, breathing, or an emotional condition—and would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering—please contact your local emergency management agency.
The level of care given in special needs shelters goes above the basic first-aid care available to shelters open to the general population.
All information provided is kept strictly confidential.