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Special Needs Registry helps seniors find shelter during natural disasters

Posted at 5:39 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 17:39:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There is an important resource for seniors in our community, so that in the event of a disaster like a hurricane they can be safely evacuated, if needed.

The Special Needs Registry is a service that will give seniors a phone call if there is a disaster and ask if you need assistance to evacuate to a shelter. If you do, they will also provide transportation.

Chelsea Fox, a case manager at Elder Care Services in Tallahassee, says this service is a crucial safety net. Seniors can sign up online or call Elder Care Services and they can help you register...

For seniors, many living alone, having a plan is important and so is telling people.

"I would recommend that senior contact someone in their life. Even someone at a local store that they go regularly, a neighbor a friend or even someone out of town to let them know what their plan is," said Fox.

To sign up for the Special Needs Registry, go to SNR.FLORIDADISASTER.ORG or call Elder Care Services at 850-921-5554. They are there to help any senior who needs help registering, emergency information or any other resource.