The Special Needs Registry is a database containing information about individuals in Orange County with special needs who may require assistance in the event of a disaster. If there is a disaster, those on the registry will be called and given information about how to prepare for or respond to the disaster, given information regarding facilities or shelters, and to check on their well-being.
The information may also be used to assist emergency personnel and volunteers in providing assistance. Participation in the Special Needs registry is voluntary. Individuals on the registry decide whether to accept assistance and / or remain responsible for themselves in the event of an emergency.
Eligible applicants may:
Eligibility for the registry is determined on a case-by-case basis, and is not guaranteed
Have contagious health conditions needing minimal precautions or isolation
Have mental health or developmental problems
Have minor health or medical conditions that require observation and/or help
Need assistance that cannot be provided by public shelter staff
Need medication and vital sign monitoring
Need minimal help with activities of daily living
Applications may be taken in person, or mailed in to the Orange County Department of Social Services in Hillsborough.
Bringing the following items will aid in the process of applications:
Emergency Contact Information
Medicaid / Medicare/Health Insurance Card or number