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The Office of Emergency Management would like the Citizens of the City of Roanoke to aid us in our, and your, disaster preparedness. If you have special needs, either medical or social that will require assistance in the event of a disaster, please register in the Disaster Needs Registry.

What is the Disaster Needs Registry?

The Disaster Needs Registry is databases of information to help the Office of Emergency Management better assist the citizens of Roanoke in the event of a disaster. The database is lists of citizens and/or facilities that have voluntarily registered that may have a need which will require assistance in the event of a disaster. The registry also helps the Office of Emergency management plan for the possible needs of our emergency shelters.

Who sees / uses this information?

The Disaster needs registry information will be used by the City of Roanoke Office of Emergency Management and public safety responders. Information will not be shared or viewed by anyone other than essential personnel, unless it is legally required to be provided to others.

What kind of “needs” do I have to have in order to register?

Citizens of the City of Roanoke with the following Medical Needs should register:
  • Dependence on electricity for life sustaining medical equipment
  • Dependence on special medications
  • Dependence on medical procedures, such as dialysis
  • Dependence on oxygen
  • Dependence on a caregiver
  • Persons requiring an ambulance for transportation
  • Any other Medical condition that would require special assistance in the event of a disaster.

Citizens of the City of Roanoke with the following Social needs should register:
  • Dependence on public transportation
  • Dependence on a Service Animal
  • Limited understanding of the English language
  • Hearing or sight impaired

When will the Disaster Registry information be used and how?

The Office of Emergency Management uses the registry in the event of a disaster, such as flooding, tornados, severe storms, mass electrical outages or any other possible need for evacuation. The registry will be used to contact the individuals to ascertain their condition in the event of such emergencies. Hearing impaired individuals may be contacted via the TTY telephone system to notify them in the event of an evacuation or emergency. In the event of a severe snow storm, registrants who require dialysis may be contacted to ensure their ability to maintain their dialysis appointments. In addition, the Office of Emergency Management will occasionally contact registrants to ensure the validity of the information contained in the registry.

http://roanokenet.roanokeva.gov/disasterneeds/