Posted on Sep 10, 2013
In addition to having an emergency kit ready, along with a well-drawn out plan, many of us now need to incorporate the care and shelter of an elderly home bound family member. What can we do if our elderly mother lives alone and we cannot get to her because we are out of town or roads have become impassable during a weather emergency?
Both Seminole and Orange County have a Special Needs Registry for individuals who qualify for a Special Needs Shelter. In case of an emergency or dangerous weather conditions, shelters are set up to house individuals who cannot be left alone in their homes because of their health limitations and medical conditions. Emergency Services will be notified regarding the evacuation of those listed on the registry.
Home Care agencies are required to register their clients with their county’s Special Needs Registry. Please let us know if your emergency plans have recently changed, so we can update your registry.
Some of the following items will be needed when going to a shelter: identification, picture, list of medications, extra medical equipment (such as oxygen, or nebulizers), hygiene items, diapers, pillows, needed clothing, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) forms along with family contact information. For a more complete list, we have incorporated links to both Seminole and Orange counties. Also, please do not hesitate to contact our office (410-628-4357) should you have any questions.
ORANGE COUNTY SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY
Special Needs Registration Line 407-836-9319
Orange County Office of Emergency Management 407-836-9140
SEMINOLE COUNTY SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management (407) 665-5102
Senior Helper Orlando Team