A disaster can strike at any time – sometimes without warning. It is important for all Monmouth County residents, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Special Needs Registry Information
The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with each local emergency management agency support the state developed registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies.
Providing as much information as possible will allow emergency management officials to plan accordingly for future disasters. You will be e-mailed periodically to verify the information provided is correct and to make any necessary changes. Individual surveys will be archived after one year if not verified.
Why should you register?
Personal preparedness is at the heart of public safety and emergency response. Advance planning and preparedness is especially important for people with disabilities, access and functional needs who may find it difficult to self-evacuate because of physical or cognitive limitations, language barriers or lack of transportation particularly if family members or caregivers are unavailable to help.
New Jersey Register Ready is designed to help emergency responders plan for locating and safely evacuating people who could find it difficult to help themselves during a major disaster.
The information within the registry is considered confidential and will only be used in the planning for and provision of emergency and/or disaster services. Completing the New Jersey Register Ready Form does not automatically qualify the individual for a special needs shelter. Nor does it guarantee that a registrant will be contacted before, during or immediately after a major event. Registrants who need assistance during such an event, should always contact your local police department for immediate assistance and 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies.
Monmouth County residents are encouraged to prepare for all types of emergencies. Building an individual or family emergency plan is the first step. During an emergency, the government and other agencies may not be able to meet your needs. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and loved ones for a minimum of 72 hours. Those individuals with a special need are encouraged to identify an emergency support network and to build a disaster supply kit. Registering on this website is not a guarantee that emergency officials will be able to assist you in an emergency.
- Make A Plan
- Evacuations and Shelters
- New Jersey Special Needs Registry
More information on disaster planning for persons with disabilities can be found at:
- New Jersey Department of Health
- New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
- New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross
- New jersey Department of Human Service- Disability Services
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc.
- National Organization on Disability