Qualifying Residents May Assist With Disaster Planning by Participating in SNAP Registry
2012-04-06 · By Editor
Residents with certain disabilities have the opportunity to participate in a voluntary disaster registry to help facilitate the planning and implementation of disaster response by first-responder agencies.
“Public Safety and other first responder agencies will use information in the registry to maximize their capacity to serve those with special needs, both in the planning and preparation process, as well as in their actual post-disaster response,” Mayor Bob Foster said.
Registering will also allow disaster managers to send alerts and other advisories or preparedness information to assist people in being better prepared for unexpected disasters which may strike the region.
The City’s participating in the program was authorized by the City Council on September 6, 2011, based on an agenda item from Councilmembers Gerrie Schipske and Rae Gabelich.
The Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registry, also known as SNAP (Specific Needs Awareness Planning), does not ensure faster or priority service by first responders after a disaster. Enrolling in the registry should never be considered as the only action necessary to prepare for disasters.
Long Beach residents who have any of the following conditions which might impede the ability to evacuate a building, travel to or stay safely in an emergency evacuation center, or to securely shelter in place without assistance, may want to consider enrolling in the Registry:
- Physical disabilities
- Cardiac and/or respiratory circumstances
- Developmental disabilities
- Emotional or psychiatric disabilities
- Deafness or hearing loss
- Blindness or severe vision loss
- Speech impairments
- Short-term disabilities
- Reliance on technologies that use electricity
- Using medications
- Participation in a home delivery program
- Need specialized paratransit vehicles
- Experience seizures
- Immune system deficiencies
- Communicable diseases
- Severe chemical or other allergies
The registry is a project of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with other cities and agencies in the Los Angeles County disaster response operational area. Information in the registry is kept in a secure database, and will only be shared with authorized emergency personnel, and then only for the purpose of effecting the delivery of aid to enrollees.
Enrolling in the registry should never be considered as the only action necessary to prepare for disasters, nor does it ensure prompt and thorough response after a disaster strikes. Enrollees should take appropriate measures to become as self-prepared as necessary, given their particular personal situations. All residents of Southern California are advised to prepare themselves for up to 72 hours of self-sustained survival, should that become necessary.
For more information, or to register, visit http://snap.lacounty.gov