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Review your Special Medical Need Status

Post Date:06/02/2017 8:03 a.m.

By: Kelly Nettnin, Communications Specialist, BS, CSAPC

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 require assistance in a crisis,” said Katie McCarron, Adult Services Supervisor with Dare County Department of Health & 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 and mail to Dare County Department of Health & 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 office locations. 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 may be necessary.

“The 2017 hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30,” commented James Wooten Preparedness Coordinator with the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, “This time of year is a great time for Dare County residents to review their special medical needs status, preparedness plans, and stock up on any emergency supplies they may need. Our department also maintains helpful information year round on our website at darenc.com/stormreadiness that can provide guidance on various public health-related concerns that arise before, during, and after a storm.”

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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