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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 Check program is a voluntary program for citizens who may have an enhanced medical need such as dependence on electricity to run a medical device, who may have NO alternative other 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, should bring bedding, medicine and all medical supplies for each person to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

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CRITERIA FOR MEDICALLY ENHANCED EMERGENCY SHELTER PROGRAM-

An individual should consider a Medically Enhanced Shelter if:

  • They depend on a medical device which requires electricity.
  • They depend on medication that requires refrigeration.
  • 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.

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HOW TO REGISTER FOR A MEDICALLY ENHANCED SHELTER
If you feel you would qualify for the Medical Enhanced Emergency Shelter, or would like to sign up to receive a well-being check after a tropical event, complete the online registration process  or print the registration form and return it to the Office of Emergency Management. Individuals can register themselves or a family member by using the same procedures. The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management or Florida Department of Health in Seminole County will review each application for eligibility.

Home health agencies should register their clients with the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management, which maintains a database of special needs individuals. Individuals or families of special needs persons may inquire their home health provider to verify this is done on their behalf. 

 

Items to Bring to a PSN Shelter

Medically Enhanced Shelter Locations

Medical or Special Needs Disaster Guide

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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, if transportation is needed, please contact the Citizens Information Line at (407) 665-0000.


For additional questions or assistance with registration, please contact: 
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management 
150 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773 
(407) 665-5102

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