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Register now to secure spot in special-needs shelter

When a hurricane threatens, people with special medical needs who have to evacuate will probably be most comfortable at the home of a relative or friend.

But if the alternative is a special-needs shelter, now is a good time to register with your county emergency operations center or other agency so workers can contact you and arrange evacuation at hurricane time.

You may be able to register through your personal physician, or you can contact your county emergency management agency:

Hernando: (352) 754-4083

Citrus: (352) 746-6555

Who typically goes to a special-needs shelter? People who are too sick to go to a Red Cross shelter but not sick enough to go to a hospital.

That includes people on oxygen or kidney dialysis, those dependent on electric-powered life-support systems, people with severe asthma who must be in an air-conditioned space, and those with other conditions that limit their abilities and mobility.

In an evacuation, the county will send an appropriate vehicle to transport you to a special-needs shelter. (They won't take you to a private destination, such as the home of a relative.)

If your medical condition requires you to be hospitalized during a disaster, consult with your physician about getting an authorization letter for preadmission.

Register now to secure spot in special-needs shelter 05/15/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 1:35pm]
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