The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is asking residents with a special, access or functional need to register in its free Special Needs Assistance Program, known as SNAP.
This is not the federal government’s food stamp program that goes by a similar name, but an online registration database to provide information on a resident’s ability to vacate their residence in case of a disaster. The program is available to any resident with a special, cognitive, access or functional need. There are no age or health limitations.
During registration, residents will answer questions about age, weight, location, contact capabilities, principal language, emergency contact and what special needs they have. Examples of common needs are:
- Electricity needed to power medical equipment.
- Blind or visually impaired.
- Deaf or hard of hearing.
- Use of guide dog or service animal.
- Use of wheelchair, walker or crutches.
- Intellectual or developmental disability.
- Life support.
- Restricted to bed.
- Use of oxygen.
Information provided will be used by emergency management personnel in disaster response plans and first responders when a 911 call is received from a registered address.
Register online or by calling the Office of Emergency Management at 817-392-6170 or 817-392-6144. Registration is in English or Spanish.
Participants do not need to register themselves. A person’s spouse, relative, friend, neighbor, church group or health system can complete the registration. Registration information will be maintained in a restricted-access database to be used only by authorized and participating public agencies and any other person, organization or entity which the registrant has given express access permission, and to the extent allowed by law, will be kept confidential. Registrations must be updated annually to keep information and locations current.
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