Special Needs Registry

Special Needs Registry


In order to meet the special needs of persons who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical and mental handicaps, Florida statues mandate that each local emergency management agency in the state maintain a registry of disabled persons located within the jurisdiction of the local agency.

The registration must identify those persons in need of assistance and plan for resource allocation to meet those identified needs.

How Do I Sign Up for the Special Needs Registry?

You can click on the Special Needs Registry Application. Privacy Practices Information is listed below. They are for your information only and do not need to be sent in along with your application. 

You may submit the Special Needs Registry Application by one of the following methods:

Mail:                                                                                                              Special Needs Registry
490 63rd Street Ocean, Suite 150
Marathon, FL 33050

Email:                                                                                                                       SpecialNeeds@monroecounty-fl.gov

Fax:                                                                                                                          (305) 289-6333

If you have pets that you wish to bring to shelter you need to click on this link Pet Sheltering Form to register your pet. In addition to this form you will need to send in a copy of your pet's vaccinations.

Client Privacy Information

Monroe County Special Needs Registry Sheltering Information

Individuals are eligible to be registered with the Special Needs Registry if they would need assistance during evacuations and shelter because of physical, mental, cognitive impairment, or sensory disabilities, medically needy, and/or disabled and are not served in or by a residential facility program. Eligible clients are required to complete and sign the Special Needs Registry Application as well acknowledge that they have read the Privacy Act Information. All applications will be reviewed by medical staff from the Department of Health and assessed for program eligibility.  Ineligible applicants will be referred to applicable sheltering options which may include a General Population Emergency Shelter or a Specialized Medical Facility.   

The Special Needs Registry is not a replacement for having an evacuation plan of your own. You should try and seek help or shelter from friends, neighbors, or family in a hurricane or other disaster. Public shelters should be a last resort for those who have no other choice If you cannot drive yourself, nor have any family, friends or neighbors who can take you to a shelter, you are encouraged to register for this service. It is advised that you work on a plan that meets your specific medical needs with you doctor or a healthcare professional.

All registered clients will be contacted when a hurricane is threatening Monroe County and given information on the County’s evacuation plan. In all category storms Special Needs clients who have requested transportation to the Special Needs Shelter are taken to a staging area where they will board a chartered bus and be taken to Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Monroe County's designated out-of-county shelter. At the time the client is contacted, they must decide if they will be evacuating. There is no time for a 2nd call. If evacuating, the client will be given an approximate time they will be picked up. They must have all their supplies and belongings ready to go (see "What to Bring to a Shelter").

Please remember that space and supplies are limited at shelters. Very few comforts will be available. If you need special foods, you should bring a couple days supply of food that will not spoil. It may be several hours before shelters are fully supplied. Please remember to bring all prescription medications and important papers. Learn  what to bring with you to a shelter by reading our "What to Bring to a Shelter" brochure.

If you have registered and requested transportation assistance, you will be contacted by phone in advance of evacuation. When we call, you will need to decide whether you will be evacuating and let us know at that time. We will not be able to call you back. If you decide to evacuate, we will give you an approximate time we expect to pick you up. You must have your belongings and supplies packed and ready to go.