Do you have medical, access, or functional needs that would place you at higher risk during an emergency event? If you are on oxygen, have a physical disability that would make it difficult to evacuate, or have other special needs, you are strongly encourage to sign up for the Special Needs Registry as part of your Emergency Preparedness Plan.
It is important to plan ahead for disasters as resources can be very limited during an emergency. The Special Needs Registry helps county officials make sure everyone can be aware of threats and hazards and plan for their own needs to help in times of emergency. People on the registry can be contacted by County staff when an emergency event like a hurricane is anticipated to make sure their plans are in place and to provide information from trusted, verified and vetted emergency officials.
Participation in the Special Needs Registry is completely voluntary. Information submitted is strictly confidential and will only be used in the event of an emergency. Learn more in the Special Needs Registry brochure.
Please note: the Special Needs Registry is NOT intended for:
- people who live in long term care facilities
- those who live in skilled care facilities
- those who live in residential treatment facilities
- those who have comprehensive healthcare services provided by a home health agency or hospice provider.
These providers are required by law to have plans in place to take care of their residents and clients in the event of an emergency. If you have questions about this process, please contact your facility manager or home healthcare provider. Visit the CMS website to learn more about the healthcare providers impacted by this law.
If you are a service provider and need additional support or guidance, please contact Audrey Hart, EM Specialist, at email@example.com or (910) 798-6900.
If you have questions about whether or not you should sign up for the registry, please call the Senior Resource Center at (910) 798-6400.
To sign up for the registry, save the Special Needs Registry form to your computer:
After completing the Special Needs Registry form, drop it off or mail to:
New Hanover County Senior Resource Center
2222 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
If you have any questions about the Special Needs Registry, or need to update your information in the registry, call (910) 798-6400.
How is the Special Needs Registry information used?
The Special Needs Task Force is a group of health and adult service professionals who volunteer to assist individuals who may need extra help during emergency situations. Within the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), this group is referred to as the Individual Care Coordination Center (IC-3). The Special Needs Task Force volunteers:
The Special Needs Registry database is maintained by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), located at the Senior Resource Center. RSVP volunteers keep all registry information confidential, and will only share your information with emergency responders in the event you need help evacuating or need other assistance during an emergency.
If you would like to volunteer to support the Special Needs Registry, please contact the Senior Resource Center at (910) 798-6406 or email SpecialNeedsRegistry@nhcgov.com.