City of Bloomington promotes “Special Needs Registry” for First Responders

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The City of Bloomington and Monroe County are encouraging people with disabilities to sign up with the “Special Needs Registry,” the community’s voluntary emergency registration system. The Bloomington and Monroe County Special Needs Registry for First Responders allows first responders to easily access disability-specific information during emergency situations.

Residents who have disabilities may sign up any time. Information about visual, hearing, mobility impairments, developmental disabilities, or dementia can be useful to firefighters, dispatch, police, and emergency medical technicians in the event of an emergency.

“We want to keep everyone in Bloomington safe,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “By signing up for the Special Needs Registry, our first responders can arrive prepared to help each person most appropriately.  I hope everyone with a disability or who has friend or a loved one with a disability will take advantage of this potentially life saving program.”

Interested participants can sign up at http://bloomington.in.gov/specialneedsdispatch or they can print the registration form and mail it to:

Bloomington/Monroe County Special Needs Database, 220 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401.

“This registry is an extremely important step toward effective emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities in Monroe County,” said Katie Herron, Chair of the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility. “Information gathered for this registry will allow first responders to maximize the effectiveness and quality of care provided. Having disability-specific information prior to arriving at the scene of an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.”

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