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home : news : north central illinois   July 9, 2014

2/10/2014 6:16:00 AM
Emergency agency launches database for people with disabilities

Kevin Caufield
Staff Writer

OTTAWA — People with disabilities and functional needs that may need assistance during a disaster event are encouraged to register on La Salle County Emergency Management Agency’s “Functional Needs Database.

People with disabilities and functional needs include:
*Medical – conditions that require ongoing medical professional assistance or assistive devices
*Supervision – assistance with maintaining your ability to be independent
*Communication - English is not your primary language and a language translator is needed
*Transportation - either don’t have or don’t have access to
*Independence - Children who are too young to care for themselves and older adults who need assistance with their activities of daily living

“Registering on the database is not a guarantee of service or of a higher quality of service,” said Fred Moore, La Salle County Emergency Management Agency deputy director. “Instead, it is a planning tool to help us locate any additional resources that may be needed in the case of a large scale disaster or emergency.”

All information that is requested is considered private, protected information under the Health Insurance Portability and Account-ability Act and will not be shared with anyone who does not have a specific need to know.

“During an emergency, we may need to inform first responders that a resident within an area of concern may need additional assistance,” Moore said.

To register, log on to the “Services” tab at and complete the contact form. Once received, someone from EMA will contact the person that registered to obtain additional information.

The process should take between 5-10 minutes. To ensure continued accuracy, everyone who registers will be contacted annually to ensure the validity of the information provided.

“The health and safety of all La Salle County residents is important to us,” said La Salle County Board chairman Jerry Hicks. “I encourage anyone with a functional or access need to register on the new database.”

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