Medically Enhanced Sheltering / Well-Being Check Program "Special Needs" Registration:
MEDICALLY ENHANCED / WELL-BEING CHECK "SPECIAL NEEDS" PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Individuals requiring medically enhanced sheltering are those with health or medical conditions who meet the program criteria or need transportation assistance during an evacuation. The medically enhanced shelter is for those individuals who are not in a care facility, such as a hospital, nursing home or congregate living facility. These facilities are required to have an evacuation plan in place for their residents and patients to be transported to another healthcare facility.
The Seminole County Medically Enhanced Sheltering / Well-Being Checked program is a voluntary program for disabled citizens that should be considered by individuals who have NO alternative than a public shelter, or need transportation to a shelter. The Office of Emergency Management recommends using this program only as a "last resort" and individuals with these medical needs should consider sheltering with relatives or friends prior to the use of a shelter. If other alternatives are not available, individuals electing to use a Medically Enhanced shelter, or any public shelter should bring cots, bedding, medicine, medical supplies, and food supplies for each person to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
CRITERIA FOR MEDICALLY ENHANCED EMERGENCY SHELTER PROGRAM-
An individual meets the medical criteria if:
They require assistance with ostomy and indwelling catheter management.
Activities of daily living are so restricted by immobility.
They have a respiratory condition requiring special equipment such as monitors or oxygen.
There may be other conditions which would render an individual eligible for special needs emergency sheltering. These will be considered by the review of the registration form, by the Office of Emergency Management and the Health Department.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PERSON WITH MEDICAL NEEDS AND THEIR CAREGIVER
Caregivers from home health agencies are required to establish a plan to conduct routine visits to their clients who are at a medically enhanced shelter. Where possible, each person staying at a medically enhanced shelter should be accompanied by one family member or one companion who can serve as their caregiver for the duration of their stay.
Once shelters are opened and you need transportation, please contact the Citizens Information Line at (407) 665-0311.
If we can help further, contact us at:
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management
150 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773