Special Needs Registry

Monroe County Emergency Management Responsibilities

In order to meet the special needs of persons who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical and mental disabilities, Florida statutes mandate that each local emergency management agency in the state maintain a registry of disabled persons located within the jurisdiction of the local agency.

The registration must identify those persons in need of assistance and plan for resource allocation to meet those identified needs.

How Do I Sign Up for the Special Needs Registry?

Click on the Special Needs Registry Application

Privacy Practices Information is listed below. They are for your information only and do not need to be sent in along with your application. 

You may submit the Special Needs Registry Application by one of the following methods:

Mail: 
Special Needs Registry
c/o Monroe County Emergency Management
490 63rd Street Ocean, Suite 150
Marathon, FL 33050

Email: SpecialNeeds@monroecounty-fl.gov                                      

Fax:  305-289-6333                                                                             

If you have pets that you wish to bring to the shelter, you need to click on this Pet Sheltering Form to register your pet. In addition to this form, you will need to send in a copy of your pet's updated vaccinations.

Client Privacy Information

Special Needs Registry Sheltering Information

Eligible Conditions

Eligible conditions for the Special Needs Shelter include, but are not limited to:

  • Being dependent on supplemental oxygen
  • Limited mobility
  • Needing assistance with daily activities such as feeding, medications and hygiene
  • Moderate dementia
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Immobile or wheelchair bound
  • In need of wound care and/or in need of constant supervision

Applicants are required to complete and sign the Special Needs Registry Application as well acknowledge that they have read the Privacy Act Information. All applications will be reviewed by medical staff from the Department of Health and assessed for program eligibility.  Ineligible applicants will be referred to applicable sheltering options which may include a General Population Emergency Shelter or a Specialized Medical Facility or Nursing Home.   

The Special Needs Registry is not a replacement for having an evacuation plan of your own. You should try and seek help or shelter from family, friends or neighbors in a hurricane or other disaster. Public shelters should be a last resort for those who have no other choice. It is advised that you work on a plan that meets your specific medical needs with your doctor or a healthcare professional.

If you have registered and requested transportation assistance, you will be contacted by phone in advance of evacuation. When we call, you will need to decide whether you will be evacuating and let us know at that time. We will not be able to call you back. If you decide to evacuate, we will give you an approximate time we expect to pick you up. You must have your belongings and supplies packed and ready to go.

What to Bring to a Shelter?

Please remember that space and supplies are limited at shelters. Very few comforts will be available. If you need special foods, you should bring at least three (3) days' supply of non-perishable food. It may take several hours or days before shelters are fully supplied. Please remember to bring all prescription medications and important papers.