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Registry for People with Special Needs During an Emergency

What is the registry?

The Dane County Disaster Preparedness Registry is a voluntary registry of individuals who would require assistance in the event of an emergency. This assistance could be as simple as advising a person of a situation in the vicinity of their residence to those who need evacuation assistance in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. This registry alerts emergency responders as to a resident’s address and gives them the vital information they need to better meet the resident's needs. It is important that emergency personnel know where to find you, and how best to meet some of your requirements during a disaster requiring evacuation.

Participation in the registry is voluntary and all information is strictly confidential, used only for emergency purposes.

Individuals are eligible to be registered with the Special Needs Registry if they are frail, elderly, medically stable but need assistance with their permanent or temporary disability, and/or are disabled and are not served in or by a residential facility program (i.e. nursing home, assisted living, retirement apartments, etc.). Eligible individuals need only to complete the on line or hard copy form and return it to the Dane County Emergency Management Office. Forms are available here, stopping by our office at 115 W. Doty Street, Room 2107, in Madison during business hours, or calling our office at (608) 266-4330

Our department's mission is to assess and plan for all emergencies and work with other public safety and municipal agencies to ensure public welfare. As a pre-planning tool, the Special Needs Registry should be considered strongly for all people who have special needs (i.e. oxygen or life support systems that are dependent upon electrical power) or have physical disabilities that would make it difficult to evacuate independently if the need arose.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions please contact:

Dane County Emergency Management
Room 2107 Public Safety Building
115 West Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703-3202
Phone: (608) 266-4330
Fax: (608) 266-4550
TTY: (608) 267-1597
Email: EmergencyManagement@countyofdane.com