Special Needs Program
A person with special needs may be any age. Most are identified through their home-care agency. Some contact the Office of Emergency Management directly. A two-page 2018 Okeechobee Special Needs Registration Form must be completely filled out by the person in need or their caretaker, and submitted to Emergency Management. Once received, it is processed for review by the Okeechobee Emergency Management and County Health Department. Based on the information provided on the form, the Medical Director will then make one of the following assignments in the event of an evacuation:
- Special Needs Shelter — The majority of persons assigned to a Special Needs Shelter are approved for that program because their medical condition requires them to be on required or life-sustaining oxygen and electric dependent, and therefore must evacuate to a shelter where generator backup would be available in case of a loss of electricity. Some persons who are not electrically dependent and are not able to perform their daily routine activities without assistance are also assigned to the Special Needs Shelter.
- Public Shelter — Those persons who live in a mobile or manufactured home and are not electrically dependent, and their medical condition does not require the above shelter, are assigned to go to a public shelter and all public shelters are wheelchair accessible.
The Special Needs Application form is considered and treated as a confidential medical document. These records do not fall under public records laws.
For more information about special assistance due to physical limitations, call the Okeechobee County Office of Emergency Management at Ph: (863) 763-3212 located at: 707 NW 6th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, or FL Department of Health at 863-462-5800 or print out the 2018 Okeechobee Special Needs Registration Form.
Download the Special Needs Application Below
- 2018 Okeechobee Special Needs Registration Form
- 2018 Okeechobee Special Needs Registration SPANISH VERSION