|Ready Allen County Registry now available|
|Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 PM|
ALLEN COUNTY — To better serve individuals with special circumstances, disabilities, chronic conditions or other healthcare needs throughout the county, Allen County Public Health recently implemented a Functional Needs Registry system. Ready Allen County is an online, web-based survey tool that allows residents to register if they have an access or functional need, or may have difficulty during an evacuation because of physical or cognitive limitations, language barriers, or lack of transportation that may prevent them from safely evacuating or relocating during a disaster or other emergency.
Kathy Luhn, Allen County Health Commissioner, encourages residents (or their family or caregivers on their behalf), to join the many others who have put safety first and participated in the Registry.
“This registry will help Allen County prepare to assist our citizens who are most in need of help during an emergency,” Luhn said.
Registration is fast, easy and secure. The information submitted is kept strictly confidential and is only used to help emergency personnel assist, locate and evacuate those who may not be able to self-evacuate.
Individuals simply register and complete a brief, online survey – it takes a mere 5-10 minutes to answer basic questions about a person’s location, condition, pet or service animal information, etc. Registered individuals will automatically receive annual notifications that encourage them to update their survey information.
In addition to completing a survey as part of a self-preparedness plan, health officials strongly urge individuals to have an evacuation plan in place that includes family and pets.
A readiness or “go” kit should be assembled that contains items needed to sustain or support a person with functional needs for at least one week if an evacuation or sheltering in place is required. It is also important to have a list of all medications and important telephone numbers current and in the readiness or “go” kit. Self-preparedness is always the first line of defense against a disaster.
To register now, go online to www.readyallencounty.org or call 419-228-4457.