Special Needs Registry: Fairfax Prepares Day 17

Posted 2:42 p.m.

day 17 iconSo far, we’ve focused some of our 30 tips on certain populations – children, those who speak other languages and our pets.

Another important population that’s part of our whole community is people with special medical or social needs.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we realized we needed a better, more effective way to identify and then potentially help those in our community with special needs.

The Special Needs Registry allows residents with medical needs, and organizations assisting those with social needs, an opportunity to provide information to the county government so that we can communicate emergency preparedness, response and recovery resources to these vulnerable, at risk and hard-to-reach residents.

The registry may be used for any emergency requiring evacuation, such as flooding, hurricanes, hazardous material spills and gas leaks. This information is available to emergency planners and we have used it, most recently in the aftermath of the derecho storm (however, those who are on the registry should still call 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening situation).

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: If you know someone with special medical needs or of an organization that helps people with social needs, please notify them of our Special Needs Registry this week and ask them (or their caregiver) to sign up.

TELL US you’ve done this:

  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
  • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips with your friends.
  • Email us at publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov that you accomplished an ask.


  • Click the links below to email, share on social media or print a hard copy. Thanks!

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Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.

5 responses to “Special Needs Registry: Fairfax Prepares Day 17”

  1. Constance Fullerton says :

    OK, thanks. Connie fullerton

  2. Randy Allen says :

    I’ve done this

  3. Jim Elmore says :

    There is something wrong with your alert system. Your post was received at exactly the same time on my Verizon wireless cell phone and my Cox Internet Email, i.e. at 7:47 pm, September 18, 2012. Fortunately, I saw the alert on our local TV hours ago before the storm hit.

    Information in this email that would have been helpful was not. Instead, it’s just unwanted spam. The fact that information came 6 hours later (your post time 1:34 pm) by two different providers indicates to me that the problem resides with the alert system of Fairfax County.

    • Jim Elmore says :

      This was supposed to be a comment on the alert I received today about Tornadoes and weather. How it became a comment on Day 17…well, I don’t know.