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ND Department of Emergency Services, partners launch special needs registry

Posted on 7/30/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Cecily Fong
July 30, 2015701-328-8100


Bismarck, ND - The ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), along with their program partners, announce the launch of a new, statewide vulnerable population registry. The registry, called the ND Special Needs Registry (NDSNR), is the result of collaboration between NDDES, other state agencies, volunteer organizations, stakeholder groups, and individuals with functional and access needs.

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, along with FirstLink, maintains the NDSNR. This registry allows emergency services across the state to better serve the public during disasters. Registration is intended to provide first responders with the information they need to adequately plan for and respond to disasters.

Residents with disabilities or significant health issues who are self-sufficient under normal circumstances, may have difficulties during disasters such as fires, floods, tornados, disease outbreaks, or acts of terrorism. This same challenge applies to older adults and other special needs populations.

All the personal information in the database is completely confidential and will not be shared with the public.

"FirstLink is excited to be assisting with the North Dakota Special Needs registry," said Cindy Miller, Executive Director, FirstLink. "Our vision is to be the first link in connecting people with resources 24 hours a day."

For more information about this new service or to register, visit www.nd.gov/ndsnr/ or call FirstLink at 211.

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