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Social Services urge people with disabilities and the elderly to register on disaster registry

Virgin Islands Department of Social Services in St. Thomas (photo source by Bethaney Lee)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) asks everyone age 60 or older and people with disabilities who live alone to register with the Disaster Registry for Elderly, Dependent, Adult and Disabled People.

This registry, authorized under ACT 8058 and approved by AARP of the U.S. Virgin Islands, assists emergency responders and helpline volunteers in establishing contact and communication with the individual, providing aid and support in the event of man-made or natural disasters.

The register also categorizes people into categories, including those who would need special transportation, such as adapted buses or an ambulance.

Social Services submits information gathered from the registry to the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and the VI Fire Service to identify and assist vulnerable populations in the event of a disaster or medical or medical emergency. other.

This information is confidential and is strictly used only to assist the person in the registry.

To register, please visit the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, or the Virgin Islands Elections System to complete the registration form, or simply call any of the DHS offices to provide your information and have the form completed. for you. .

The form can also be found at http://www.dhs.gov.vi/home/documents/Form.pdf

Individuals can download the form, fill it out and drop it off at any of the locations above.

For more information contact

  • St. Thomas – Department of Social Services, Knud Hansen Building

Phone: 774-0930 ext. 4109

  • St. John – Department of Social Services Multipurpose Center Phone: 776-6334
  • St. Croix – Richmond Senior Center – Phone: 773-6630

Please visit the Department of Social Services website at www.dhs.gov.vi for more information.

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