Long Island, New York
Steven Bellone, County Executive
To Register Online with the Suffolk County Emergency Preparedness Registry click here
When a disaster strikes, shelter and transportation assistance is available to eligible individuals who have no other way to evacuate their homes. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) will coordinate assistance to eligible disabled residents. If you are at risk during emergency situations and require special planning, which may involve transportation and/or sheltering, the Emergency Preparedness Registry may be of assistance.
HOW THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REGISTRY WORKS
The Emergency Preparedness Registry is a database of individuals who require emergency evacuation and special assistance during disasters. The database is maintained by the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management and activated prior to an impending disaster. You must apply ahead of time to be included. The information you provide will be reviewed to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to allow us to categorize your needs, and will be kept confidential. When approved, you will be assigned to an appropriate shelter. Services provided will be based on need and availability.
WHAT DOES THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REGISTRY DO FOR ME?
After your application is approved, you will be informed about: Which services you may be eligible to receive.
Your responsibility in having a personal emergency evacuation plan.
What you will need to bring to a shelter, e.g. medication, mobility device, etc. your walker, wheelchair etc.
If you are assigned transportation, how transportation will be provided to you.
The need to listen to the radio or watch TV for information regarding evacuation to shelters and times that transportation will start.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REGISTRY ?
If you are interested, you can register on-line at https://gis.suffolkcountyny.gov/spns or call the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services at 852-4900 or the Office for People with Disabilities at 853-8333 (voice), 853-5658 (TTY). When an application is reviewed, program managers will determine which services you will need. Your determination will be based on your medical / special needs and transportation requirements. If you need assistance filling out the form, try to find someone who can help you. If you do not have anyone to help you please contact the Office of Handicapped Services at the above listed numbers.
WHAT IF I AM DEPENDENT ON LIFE SUPPORT?
Now is a good time to check with your electric provider to make sure you are on their electric life support listing. If you are dependent on electric life support and do not live in an area being evacuated, you should stay put and listen to the radio or watch TV for instructions because you may also need to be evacuated later as the situation develops. Visit http://www.lipower.org/residential/custserv/services-care.html to view LIPA Critical Care Program.
WHERE WOULD I GO DURING AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION?
Depending on your medical needs you will be sent to one of three types of shelters, a Medical Management Facility/hospital, a Special Needs Shelter, Co-Location Functional Medical Needs or a General Population Shelter. Medical Management Facilities are intended for seriously ill people who, under normal conditions, would require hospitalization. Special needs shelters are for the well-being of medically dependent people who do not require hospitalization. Special needs shelters should not be utilized by healthy, able-bodied persons. Such persons should go to a General Population / Functional Medical Needs Shelter. General Population Shelters are managed by the Suffolk County Chapter of the American Red Cross. They are intended for those who are not eligible for a Medical Management Facility or Special Needs Shelter. There will be some people who apply to the Emergency Preparedness Registry who will be eligible for transport to a General Population Shelter.
CAN I BRING SOMEONE TO ASSIST ME AT A SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER?
If you require emergency evacuation assistance and you have a caregiver available to assist you, they should come to and remain at the Special Needs Shelter with you.
HOW DO I GET TO A SHELTER?
People with special needs who have no other way to get out can have transportation to a shelter coordinated by Emergency Preparedness Registry. Transportation is limited to type and availability. During an emergency, it’s important for you to arrange for your own transportation, if possible. NOTE: Users of self contained, self administered oxygen can be transported on public vehicles such as buses.
WHAT IF I DO NOT ENROLL IN THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REGISTRY ?
If you do not plan ahead, last minute evacuation may be impossible. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REGISTRY
members will have priority over anyone who is not in the program. Enrolling in EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REGISTRY
however, does not mean you will be evacuated in all emergencies. If you do not live in an emergency area that had been advised to evacuate, you should remain safely secured at home and listen to the radio or watch TV for further information.
WHAT IF I LIVE IN A NURSING HOME?
Hospitals, nursing homes, adult homes, group homes and assisted living facilities are responsible for the safe evacuation of their patients/residents in an emergency.
WHAT IF MY CONDITION OR ADDRESS CHANGES?
If your name is in the registry, you will be emailed / mailed an application every 15 months to update your records. It is your responsibility to notify the Emergency Preparedness Registry of any changes in your status, including disability, medical, address and phone numbers. You may update your registry information any time and are encouraged to access your account electronically. If you have any question or require assistance please call 852-4900
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DON'T HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU ASK FOR WHEN I REGISTER?
The most important thing is to get registered. Don't worry if you don't have all the requested information. Please fill in the information that you have. The only information that is required is your name, address, phone number and date or birth.
If you provide us with an email address you will be able to access your records to update your information as you get it. You can also call 852-4900 Monday - Friday during regular business hours to ask for assistance. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance.
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Email SuffolkJeep@suffolkcountyny.gov with any questions concerns or comments..
Joseph F. Williams
John G. Jordan Sr.
Director of the Office of Emergency Management
PO BOX 127
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county's response to natural or man made disasters. OEM personnel are responsible for the operations of the county's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and work with local, state, and federal officials in shelter management, planning, resource management, and radiological response coordination.
Phone: (631) 852-4900
Fax: (631) 852-4922
© Suffolk County Government, 2015