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Special Medical Needs Registry

Post Date:06/17/2016 8:30 a.m.
In times of emergency, Dare County is able to provide assistance to residents with special medical needs. Special medical needs can include physical or mental health disabilities. Individuals with special medical needs could require care and assistance in order to meet basic needs during an emergency situation. People with special medical needs must plan carefully for disasters or other kinds of emergencies. 

Examples of persons who may have special medical needs can include, but is not limited to: someone who uses a wheelchair, requires oxygen, or has a caregiving role. "This registry allows responders to know where individuals are in our community who may require special help during an emergency. 

"This registry is a valuable tool for us to help those in need. The residents of Dare County should all be aware of the availability of this registry so that they can inform their friends and neighbors who may need assistance in a crisis," said James Wooten, Preparedness Coordinator with the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services. 

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and could require assistance with emergency planning and/or evacuating in case of a hurricane, complete the Special Medical Needs Voluntary Registration form, available online at darenc.com/specialneeds or in Spanish at darenc.com/necesida des especiales , and mail it to Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, Social Services Division at P.O. Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954. 

If you do not have access to the form online, forms can be picked up at Department of Health & Human Services Social Services Division. If you need assistance completing the registration form, please contact the Department of Health & Human Services Social Services Division at 252.475.5500. 

The 2016 hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30. Registering with the Department of Health & Human Services for Special Medical Needs will enable emergency responders to quickly locate participants as well as anticipate and plan for what type of assistance will be necessary. 

For more information on special medical needs registration, please contact, Katie McCarron, Adult Services Supervisor, at 252.475.5500 or mccarronk@dcdss.org. 
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