Ocean County Launches Special Needs Registry for Times of Emergency

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy and Ocean County Chiefs of Police President Michael DiBella on Tuesday announced the launch of the Ocean County Special Needs Registry.

Effective immediately, the Ocean County Special Needs Registry will be available to all citizens with special needs who reside, attend school or are employed in Ocean County.  The goal of the Special Needs Registry is to ensure all Ocean County residents who may be in need of special assistance are able to get the help and support they need in a time of emergency or during interaction with Law Enforcement, Fire or EMS personnel.

Through the website, which can be found at www.OCSNRNJ.com, Ocean County residents will be able to register themselves or any family members living in their home who may have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities due to a physical and/or intellectual disability.

The registry will provide first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s special needs, emergency contact information, physical description, and current photograph.  Information provided through registration is confidential and will only be shared with law enforcement and first responders during an emergency or for the purpose of planning an emergency response.

Each registrant will be provided with two window decals that can be placed on the front entrance of the registrant’s residence as well as on the window of any vehicle in which they regularly travel. The presence of the OCSNR decal signifies to first responders that someone in the residence or vehicle has some degree of special need and that they should respond accordingly.  The use of the decals is voluntary.

The Ocean County Special Needs Registry is a collaborative effort between the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Ocean County Police Chiefs Association.

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