The Registry is a planning tool to allow individuals with special needs the opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergencies. The Registry is a cooperative effort between Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, brought to you by the South-eastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force.
|Who is an individual with special needs? |
An individual with special needs is someone who will require assistance in excess of that provided to the general public in a time of disaster, particularly in the event that large scale evacuation is necessary. You may have heard the term special needs, vulnerable populations, or individuals with access and functional needs. A family member or loved one can sign up on behalf of an individual.
|Why should I sign up?
By signing up for the Registry you will let emergency responders know who you are and what type of need you have. The information you provide will be used in the planning process, as well as in post-disaster response. If a disaster occurs in your area, this registry will be used to enhance the efficiency of response agencies to serve those with specific needs.
Facilities that serve individuals with special needs can also sign up. Emergency responders will be able to communicate with facilities during emergencies, such as a public health outbreak, or a mass care incident. This will allow facilities to receive up to date information on emergencies so that they can best provide for their clients and community. Please e-mail Specialneedshelp@chesco.org if you would like to enter your facility information.
However, if you sign up, you are not prioritized for first consideration or evacuation
When will my information be used?
County Emergency responders will use it to plan for emergencies. Each municipality determines how they will use the information. The information will be held securely and only accessed for the purpose of emergency response and planning. The information collected will be stored securely and will not be available to the public.
Will anyone contact me after I enter information?
You will be e-mailed once a year to verify and ensure the information provided is correct and to make any necessary changes. It will be sent to the e-mail address used when you signed up. If you completed a paper survey, you’ll get a phone call or letter once a year. Individual surveys will be archived after one year if not verified and facility surveys will be archived after six months.
IN AN EMERGENCY, THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IS PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL CITIZENS HAVE A PERSONAL EMERGENCY PLAN. THE HELPFUL LINKS ON THIS PAGE CAN PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION.
© Delta Development Group, Inc. 2006 - All rights reserved