The Special Needs Program

Special Medical and Transportation Needs during Evacuations 

When an evacuation order is given, your best choice is to travel to an area outside of the anticipated impact area. Know Your Zone!

If you have nowhere else to go, emergency public "at-risk" shelters will provide a safe place to "weather the storm."  But remember, these shelters can be crowded and uncomfortable, might have no electricity, and have no privacy or secure place to store your things. (think of a "Life Boat vs. Cruise Ship" analogy)

The Special Medical and Transportation Needs Program is designed for those who:

1) must seek refuge in an emergency public shelter during an evacuation, AND

2) have special medical/functional needs OR require government transportation assistance to a public shelter.

The "Special Needs" Registry - Annual Enrollment is REQUIRED 

Residents who wish to participate in the Special Needs Program, for transportation assistance to a public shelter or supplemental medical assistance in a public shelter during a disaster, must enroll and update registration information annually prior to hurricane season (June 1st), even if there have been no status changes.

Enroll On-Line - use the Florida Division of Emergency Management's web-based Secure Registration Tool - individuals can self-register or have their caregiver or a relative register for them. Online is the preferred method of enrollment.  Alternately, individuals or caregivers can download a paper version of the enrollment questionnaire and mail the completed form to the Emergency Operations Center.  Residents with questions about the Special Needs Registry may contact the EOC at 548-0900. 

All "medical needs" registrations will be confidentially reviewed by a public health nurse to determine if each enrollee's needs can be met in the Special Needs Shelter. Enrollees may be contacted directly by the reviewing nurse to discuss their care needs.  Addresses of enrollees requiring transportation to a public shelter during an evacuation will be mapped to determine bus pick-up routes prior to disaster impact.

Please call the EOC at 548-0900 and ask for help with the Special Needs Registry if you have questions.