The county has resources for individuals with special medical needs who will need to use a hurricane shelter. Officials are urging residents to register ahead of time.
Flagler County officials are encouraging residents to sign up for weather warning notifications and for those requiring additional assistance to apply for the special needs registry, according to a county government news release.
More specifically, individuals who should register for special needs evacuation sheltering are people who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves.
“Hurricane Irma is already a Category 5 hurricane that is unfortunately threatening the entire state of Florida,” said Steve Garten, Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager. “We want residents — especially those who rely on electricity, oxygen or refrigerated medicine — to make preparations as Hurricane Irma approaches.”
Residents with computer access can register for either or both online at flaglercounty.org/emergency.
The direct link for the CodeRED weather notifications is: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/7B3E2CD592C0. The direct link for special needs is flaglercounty.org/special_needs, where a printable application form is available as well as a link to the Florida Special Needs Registry, https://snr.floridadisaster.org/Signin?ReturnUrl=%2f.
“We as a county are taking this very seriously, because the current models from the National Weather Service are indicating we will have some effects from this storm – wind and rain at the very least.” said County Administrator Craig Coffey. “Signing up for these services now will help us to help you.”