Special Needs Registry Named a “Promising Practice”

Aug. 4, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Special Needs Registry includes people with both medical needs and social needs.
  • Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/specialneeds.

More Information 

The Fairfax County Special Needs Registry has been recognized as a “Promising Practice” by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practice Initiative. As a “Promising Practice,” the registry will be highlighted in NACCHO’s Model Practice Database, an online collection of local public health departments’ programs.

The Special Needs Registry allows residents with medical needs, and organizations assisting those with social needs, an opportunity to provide information to the county government so that agencies can communicate emergency preparedness, response and recovery resources to these vulnerable, at risk and hard-to-reach residents.

The registry may be used for any emergency requiring evacuation, such as flooding, hurricanes, hazardous material spills and gas leaks. This information will be available to emergency planners and will facilitate the county’s preparedness, response and recovery efforts. However, those who are on the registry should still call 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening situation.

The Model Practice Database provides an online, searchable collection of practices across public health areas, allowing public health officials to benefit from their colleagues’ experiences, to learn what works, and to ensure that resources are used wisely on effective programs that have been implemented with good results. The database features practices in the following areas:

  • Community health.
  • Environmental health.
  • Public health infrastructure.
  • Emergency preparedness.

To register online, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/specialneeds. Residents may also request registration materials by phone or mail. Call 703-324-9000, TTY 703-324-9001, or write to the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 565, Fairfax, VA 22035 for more information.


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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