Brunswick Co. Emergency Management launches medical needs registry in wake of storm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  Those who are most vulnerable during a storm and need the most help now have a way to make sure Brunswick County Emergency Services knows how to get to them.

Brunswick County Emergency Services launched its medical needs registry this week.

“The special needs registry will provide some types of assistance to them as far as moving the individuals to a safer and it gives the family a little more of a peace of mind as far as what they need to do to make sure that their loved ones are secure and taken care of,” says George Granger coordinator of functional needs at BCEMS.

The registry is on the emergency services website and social media pages. You can also call them to register at (910) 253-5383. Groups like the Brunswick Senior Resources Inc saw first hand during Matthew how this list can help the elderly.

“Every auxiliary that participated in helping these folks just performed at an outstanding level,” says Jim Fish with Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

The nonprofit CEO Jim Fish says anyone who is a part of the center is automatically in the registry.

“You never know when one of those things are going to come right at you. So you need to know where you are going to go,” says Billy James who evacuated during Matthew and is on the registry thanks to the nonprofit.

Fish and emergency management cannot stress enough that neighbors who need help need to join the registry.

“Making sure that you are registered in that registry is really important if you think it might be difficult for you to get out in the event that something tragic can happen,” says Fish.

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