Monmouth County Authorities are reminding the public of the county’s new Special Needs Registry, a voluntary program designed to assist first responders to be prepared to assist residents with physical or mental impairments who find themselves in an emergency situation.
Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, told MMM that there was a large number of registrants when the program was launched in April by the Prosecutor, the Sheriff’s Office and the Chiefs of Police Association, but that as news of the program faded, so have registrations.
“The point of the program is to be as broad as possible,” said Acting Prosecutor Christoper Gramiccioni as the press conference announcing the program in April.
The program is voluntary and free of charge. It covers a wide range of special needs: from a wheelchair-bound elderly resident to a young child with autism, or a U.S. Army veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The information in the registry includes the name, address and the resident’s special need, in addition to a photo. Registrants can also inform the program of medications they are taking, doctor information and blood type. The information is transmitted to first responders in the event of an emergency call. Additionally, registrants are given decals to put on the cars and home windows.