Special Needs Registry: Fairfax Prepares Day 17

day 17 iconWe’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(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 and ask them (or their caregiver) to sign up.


View full list of 30 ways to prepare