Even though Hurricane Matthew was not a overly large storm, it came came very close – close enough to do a lot of damage to coastal Georgia. When it comes to hurricanes weather experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before Georgia gets hit by a major storm. That’s why Chatham Health Department officials are encouraging those with functional or medical needs to apply to the Functional and Access and Medical Needs Registry. Residents should plan ahead and apply to be on the Registry before a storm is threatening our area.
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.
To apply, residents should call the Chatham County Health Department at 912-356-2895. The application and authorization for release of protected health information can also be downloaded here:
Forms to be completed by Functional and Medical Needs applicant:
Chatham County Functional & Access & Medical Needs Form (Word document)
Chatham County Functional & Access & Medical Needs Form (PDF document)
Protected Health Information Authorization
When both the Functional and Access and Medical Needs Registration and Consent form and the Protected Health Information authorization forms have been completed, please take them or mail them to:
Functional, Access, & Medical Needs Coordinator
1395 Eisenhower Drive
Savannah, GA 31406
For more information, call 912-356-2895.
Those on the Registry will be evacuated to an American Red Cross 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 Access 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.
Evacuation kit items for Functional and Access and Medical Needs Registry Clients
Functional & Access & Medical Needs Evacuation Kit (Word document)
Functional & Access & Medical Needs Evacuation Kit (PDF document)