The Voluntary Registry for People with Disabilities and Special Needs in Westchester CountyMay 24th, 2011
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT…
…The voluntary registry for people with disabilities and special needs in Westchester County?
The Special Needs Registry (SNR) is a voluntary database of individuals who may require additional assistance in an emergency. The goals of the SNR are to maintain a voluntary registry of special needs residents who may require assistance in a disaster; assist local jurisdictions in response to emergencies by pre-identifying residents with special needs; and provide the option of pre-authorizing emergency response personnel. Any county resident with a physical, mental or developmental disability who would have trouble leaving their home quickly if told to do so is eligible for the SNR. The SNR is only intended for use by individuals who live independently, not individuals who live in a residential special needs facility. You can sign up for the SNR via:
1. Telephone by dialing 211 or (800) 899-1479;
2. Internet at www.westchestergov.com/specialneeds ; or
3. Mail by downloading and printing an application from the above website and submitting it by mail.
Submitting your application does not automatically guarantee inclusion in the SNR. Each application is screened and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If your application is not approved, you will be notified within 45 days. It is also important to understand that the SNR and 911 are not the same thing. 911 must still be accessed in an emergency.