The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) announces that Rhode Islanders who want to enroll in the state's Special Needs Emergency Registry and do not have access to a computer can call 211 to enroll. To register online, visit www.health.ri.gov/emregistry
RIEMA and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) urge those with special healthcare needs to enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry in advance of Hurricane Sandy. Enrolling in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but it does allow local and state emergency officials to plan for, respond to, and care for Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs in an emergency such as a hurricane. RIEMA and HEALTH are providing municipalities with regular status reports.
People who use life-sustaining equipment that need electricity should contact their electricity provider and inform them of specific needs, if they haven't already done so. If shelters do open, those planning to go to a shelter should bring at least a three (3) day supply of medications.
WHO SHOULD ENROLL Any Rhode Islander, regardless of age, who has a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or may require additional assistance during a time of emergency. These include: Anyone on home oxygen, a respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or who are insulin dependent; Anyone with mobility issues: use a wheelchair, walker, or cane; Anyone who is visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or deaf; Anyone with developmental or mental health disabilities; or Anyone who use assistive animals or a prosthesis.
HOW TO ENROLL Visit www.health.ri.gov/emregistry to complete enrollment online, where the information is added into the Registry immediately. If you do not have access to a computer, call 211 to enroll over the phone. A printable form is also available on the website and can be returned by mail.
If you have recently enrolled or updated your information after receiving a letter from HEALTH, there is no need to enroll or update again. If individuals cannot complete the enrollment form themselves, a family member or caregiver can enroll individuals on their behalf. Strict confidentiality is maintained at all times and only emergency management and response agencies have access to the information in the Registry.
For regularly updated information about Hurricane Sandy, call 211 or visit www.riema.ri.gov