Special Needs Registry for Disasters


In preparation for Hurricane Season, as well as any potential emergency event, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has created New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters - a free, voluntary, and confidential program designed to assist people with special needs who may find it difficult to get to safety in the event of an emergency.


The time to get ready is now, said Colonel Fuentes, Superintendent of New Jersey State Police and State Director of Emergency Management. Make an evacuation plan for yourself, your family, and your pets. Prepare a readiness kit of things you'll need to have with you if you must evacuate or shelter in place for an extended period of time. Talk now to friends and family who can help you get to safety when a crisis hits.

How to Sign Up

People with special needs (or caregivers on their behalf) are encouraged to register electronically, if possible, by accessing New Jersey’s Register Ready website.

Alternatively, they can call New Jersey's toll-free 211 telephone service. This service will register people, offer free translation, and provide TTY services for the hearing impaired.

Paper registration forms are also available at all 21 county offices of emergency management via the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website.