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What is the Special Needs Registry?

The North Dakota Special Needs Registry is a voluntary registry of individuals who have special medical needs (i.e. oxygen or life support systems that are dependent upon electrical power) or have impairment (mobility, sight, hearing or cognitive) that would make it difficult to shelter in place or evacuate independently during an emergency or disaster event. The registry provides specific information to better prepare emergency planners and responders to assist those with special needs.

Who oversees the North Dakota Special Needs Registry?

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), along with its partners, oversees the North Dakota Special Needs Registry (NDSNR). This registry allows emergency services across the state to better serve the public during disasters.

Who should register?

If you have a condition that could affect your ability to evacuate or care for yourself during an emergency or disaster, you should consider registering. For example, if you need life-sustaining medication, walk with the use of aids, such as a walker, use a wheelchair, need special equipment such as oxygen, or have trouble hearing, seeing, or understanding without help, you should consider registering.

How do I register?

You can register at anytime by clicking the "Register Online" (add link when available) button on the top left of the home page, by filling out and printing and sending or emailing this registration form, or by calling 2-1-1 (701.235.7335).

Why should I register?

Emergencies and disasters can occur with little warning. North Dakota is subject to floods, tornadoes, winter storms, and grass fires, as well as man-made disasters and emergencies such as hazardous chemical spills, electrical power outages or fires. By registering and sharing information about yourself, you are helping emergency planners and responders provide the best and most effective response to you and your community.

How will this information help emergency planners?

Emergency planners have to know what resources might be needed for an emergency, disaster, or evacuation that happens in your area. Knowing your needs will help them to be better prepared to assist you and your community.

Will my personal information be safe?

The NDSNR takes precautions to safeguard your personal information. Our database is stored on a secure server. The information is only available to emergency services personnel, medical providers, transportation agencies, and others as necessary to provide care and respond to your needs during an emergency evacuation or disaster.

Who will use my information?

Your information will only be used by emergency services personnel who plan for and respond to emergencies.

Do I need to register every year?

No. Your registration is valid unless you contact us to remove your information from the registry.

How do I update my registration information?

If your personal information changes, be sure to update online with your user name and password or by calling 2-1-1.

What are my responsibilities if I register?

Your responsibility is to keep your registration information current and keep yourself prepared in the event of an emergency.

How do I prepare?

It is essential that people have a plan, get a kit and stay informed of potential emergencies to be personally prepared for emergencies and disasters.

To obtain information about personal preparedness and the steps you should take to be prepared for emergencies, please visit this webpage or contact the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.

P.O. Box 447 - Fargo, ND 58107-0447
Tel: DIAL 2-1-1 (701.235.7335)
Fax: 701.235.2476