What is the Special Needs Registry?
It is a list of county residents who may require additional assistance, transportation and/or sheltering in the event of a major emergency or disaster.
Who is eligible for the Special Needs Registry?
Any county resident with a physical or mental disability who would have trouble leaving their home quickly if told to do so. The Registry is only intended for use by those who live independently, and not in a residential special needs facility (i.e., nursing home or hospital).
Will my information be kept confidential?
Yes. However, the county will share the information with local, county, state and federal agencies for the purpose of emergency planning and emergency response.
Are the Special Needs Registry and 911 the same thing?
No. You must still dial 911 in an emergency.
Is participation in the Special Needs Registry voluntary?
Yes. Your submission of an application is your voluntary request to be included.
You may request to be removed from the Registry at any time by writing to: The Westchester County Office of Emergency Management, 4 Dana Road, Valhalla, New York 10595.
The submission of an application does not guarantee your inclusion in the Registry. Each application will be screened and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified within 45 days of receiving your application if your application has NOT been approved.
Registrants are obligated to provide updated information on an annual basis. The county reserves the right to terminate registration at its discretion.