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Functional and Medical Needs Clients Urged to Register with the Health Department

Register NOW by calling
(912) 691-7443  

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Hurricane Matthew was certainly a wake up call for all Georgia Coastal Communities. Chatham County officials learned during Matthew that we need to improve the tracking of individuals with Functional, Access and Medical Needs in the County. The Chatham Health Department is now encouraging those with functional, access, or medical needs to apply to the Functional, Access and Medical Needs Registry before another storm threatens the Georgia coast. Residents should plan ahead and call today!

The Chatham County Health Department maintains the Registry which is made up of residents who may require transport and medical assistance during a hurricane evacuation and have no other resources such as family, friends, neighbors, or church members to help them if they need to evacuate. Residents must apply to be on the registry.

Those on the Registry will be evacuated to a shelter in an inland county that will likely be in a gymnasium or similar setting and could be several hours away. The Registry is truly a last resort, but if a hurricane is threatening our area, it is important that Health Department officials know where the most vulnerable residents are located so that evacuation assistance can be provided to them. It is important to note that people living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes are not eligible for the Functional and Medical Needs Registry and must follow their facility's emergency plan.

Functional and access needs registrants/clients are defined as those individuals who may need services to maintain their independence in a shelter. This includes children and adults with physical, sensory, mental health, and cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities affecting their ability to function independently without assistance. Others may include women in late stages of pregnancy, elders, and people needing bariatric equipment.

Medical needs registrants/clients are defined as those individuals who require support of trained medical professionals. This includes those individuals who may need assistance with managing unstable, terminal, or contagious conditions that require observation and ongoing treatment.
To apply, residents should call the Chatham County Health Department at 912-691-7443. The application and authorization for release of protected health information can also be downloaded here:

When both the Functional and Medical Needs Registration and Consent form and the Protected Health Information authorization forms have been completed, please take them or mail them to:
Community Care Services Program
410 Mall Blvd., Suite G
Savannah, GA 31406

For more information, call 912-691-7443.


Last Updated: June 28, 2017 10:54 AM

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