Louisville Metro Medical Needs Registry
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) has developed a registry for Louisvillians to better assist persons with medical dependencies in the event of an emergency. Since disasters are unexpected, enrollment in the registry would provide us with beneficial information in preparing and providing for individuals with medical needs during a disaster.
What is the Medical Needs Registry?
The Medical Needs Registry is designed as an emergency preparedness tool that will be used by first responders in the event of an emergency. The registry is used when an individual is displaced from their home into a shelter. Any information you deem necessary to better assist you in the event of an emergency can be provided to the Medical Needs Registry. For instance, providing a brief personal medical history and list of prescriptions will go a long way in helping you receive the care you need during a disaster by making sure this information is available to first responders. ANY information you provide is voluntary and will be kept confidential among first responders.
Why implement the Medical Needs Registry in Louisville?
Louisville has historically encountered a variety of natural disasters, such as floods and tornadoes, which can easily displace members of our community. Persons with medical needs may be particularly vulnerable during an emergency due to limited means of communication, transportation, power sources and shortages in local staffing and supplies. The Medical Needs Registry allows LMPHW to purchase supplies and/or partner with local companies to obtain supplies needed based on the information provided in the Medical Needs Registry. The Medical Needs Registry can also help first responders better care for persons with medical conditions or allergies.
Where can I get Information during an Emergency?
Louisville Emergency Management Agency uses an emergency notification system called Code Red in order to keep citizens updated during an emergency. For more information or to register for notification messages, click here.
What are the limitations of the registry?
While the registry will help first responders plan for supplies and documentation of those with medical needs, it will not guarantee priority assistance during a disaster. Additionally, you are still expected to bring your medications and medical equipment to a shelter, when possible. Maintaining an emergency preparedness kit that can be taken with you to a shelter is one of the best ways to prepare for your unique needs. For more information on how individuals with access and functional needs can prepare for an emergency, click here.
How do I enroll?
To register online click here or download a paper form by clicking here and mail it to the address listed on the document.
For any concerns or further questions, please contact the Office of Emergency and Public Health Preparedness at:
Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
Emergency & Public Health Preparedness
400 East Gray Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202