Welcome to the Bay County Special Needs Sign-Up page. The purpose of this program is to provide local emergency responders with important information from individuals who reside in Bay County who might have special needs or need special assistance in the event of an emergency situation, such as a tornado, flood, hurricane, extended power outage, or disease outbreak. The program is strictly voluntary, and its intent is to provide the emergency response network with information pertinent to developing an effective response to emergency situations. Our local health department will decide whether or not a registered person qualifies for acceptance at a special needs shelter vs a general population shelter.
The people for whom the program is intended are those who have medical conditions or special needs which would require assistance above and beyond the “normal” level during an emergency. Examples would include: elderly people living in isolated areas, those unable to ambulate (i.e. wheelchair bound, bedridden, etc.), and those on oxygen or the visually impaired; people on life sustaining medication, the developmentally disabled, hearing impaired, and those requiring life sustaining equipment. Knowing the status and location of people in our county with special needs would be critical in, for example, a hurricane. If power was lost to an area and would be out for an extended period of time, it could be life threatening for those unable to leave or who require electricity to maintain life support equipment. Remember that evacuating to a special needs shelter will not be comfortable.
Participation in this program is strictly voluntary and the information maintained in the registry will be protected. Florida Statute 252.905 declares any information furnished by a person or business to the Florida Division of Emergency Management for the purpose of being provided assistance with emergency planning is exempt from F.S. 119.07 (1) and s. 24 (a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Information provided through the registry or Get A Plan website for the purposes of building a family and/or business emergency plan is therefore exempt from public records requests made of the Division and is only used for the express purpose of allowing visitors to this website to build and maintain family and/or business emergency plans. Only in emergency situations will this information be accessed. Participation in this registry in no way ensures that the individual will receive immediate or preferential treatment during an emergency. All residents are encouraged to have their own emergency plan.