Collier County Emergency Management in collaboration with the State of Florida maintains a “Special Needs Registry”. In the event of a hurricane, flooding, tornado, wildfire, or other disaster, Collier County along with the Collier County Health Department will strive to provide special medical sheltering and/or transportation to a special needs shelter for critical care patients who need medical supervision and who cannot stay in a traditional shelter.
If you prefer to submit your registration on-line, please visit http://snr.floridadisaster.org and select “Collier County” in the drop down menu along with your preferred language to begin.
1. You have a medical or physical need that may require professional assistance during an evacuation and sheltering situation but you do not require transportation to the shelter.
2. You have a medical or physical need that may require professional assistance during an evacuation and sheltering situation and do require transportation to the shelter.
3. If you are age 60 or above and have no medical needs but require transportation to the shelter during an evacuation and sheltering situation.
What Happens During An Emergency If I Register?
Life safety is our number one priority. Completing the Florida Special Needs Registry does not automatically qualify an individual for the special needs shelter. Stay tuned to the local news, social media and family or friends who may be a good support system during a pending emergency. Information will be provided by Collier County Emergency Management regarding evacuation and sheltering. When appropriate, a recorded emergency message may be sent to the phone numbers on file. Also, shelters with medical care for critical care patients are limited, for this reason, some registrants may go to a traditional shelter, while others may go to a medical facility. If the shelter we had identified for special needs is in the path of a storm, or threat of a wild fire, we reserve the right to use a different shelter.
Together, we will come up with the best emergency option for you!
If you are unable to find suitable shelter arrangements for your pet, please contact Lauren Bonica, 239-252-3608, to get further instructions.
If you have any questions about your Collier County Special Needs Program, or if you have a speaking request for your organization or group, please feel free to contact us. Our office hours are Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.
Lauren D. Bonica
Emergency Management Human Services Program Manager
Collier County Emergency Management
C/O Special Needs Program
8075 Lely Cultural Pkwy Suite 445
Naples, FL 34113
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