|Vulnerable Needs Registry|
|Registry Can Assist Those with Special Needs Activated in Jackson County!|
A vulnerable needs registry system has been established to cover a nine-county region – including Jackson County – in West Virginia. The registry was designed to provide vital information to emergency services agencies in the event of an emergency. With input from citizens of the county, emergency responders can utilize the registry to plan for emergencies such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, special needs shelters, medication distribution, power outages, evacuations and other local emergencies.
If you or someone you know have additional needs before, during or after an incident in functional areas including but not limited to: maintaining independence, communication, transportation disadvantaged, medication dependent, required to utilize a medical device, oxygen dependent, disabled, elderly, etc. please take time to get them registered in the database. From infant to elderly, whether temporary or permanent, your information is vital to assist emergency responders prepare to support you in an emergency.
It is simple to register! The registry requests information such as name, location, age, language, gender, home type, emergency contacts, special needs equipment, transportation needs, service animal needs, health issues/limitations, mobility needs, oxygen dependability, electricity importance for medical equipment, allergies, etc. You can register online at HelpMEWV or by contacting the Jackson County Health Department at (304)372-2634.
The registry should not take place of family emergency planning or a home emergency supply kit. It does not mean that registrants will be served first in the event of a community emergency. It is a step in preparation to ensure that those with special needs are addressed in an emergency situation.
Your information is safe with us! In today’s society, we as citizens try to keep our personal information confidential. The helpmewv.org database is completely secure. It is administered by the Jackson County Health Department and only those with key emergency response positions will be given access to the system. An agreement will be signed by those individuals accessing the system to guarantee confidentiality of the system and ensure the data is only utilized for the performance of duties and functions of their position. Access can be denied and will be terminated if information is utilized inappropriately.