POMEROY — In an effort to assist with disaster response, Meigs County Emergency Management Agency is launching a new program.
Meigs County EMA recently created the Evacuation Assistance and Specific Needs Registration Program. The program was approved on Thursday by the Meigs County Commissioners.
The program is designed to assist individuals with specific needs in times of disaster by pre-registering so that emergency personnel can assist those individuals in the time of need.
This will allow for emergency responders to know the needs of the individuals in order to take them to shelters, facilities, hospitals or family member residences should a disaster occur.
Meigs County EMA Director Jamie Jones said that the forms and information will be beneficial in times of disasters such as power outages, winter storms or other disasters to help pinpoint residents who need immediate assistance.
The registration form will outline specific needs a resident may need in the time of a disaster such as oxygen, dialysis or special assistance. After completing the registration form a representative from Meigs County EMA will contact the resident to further assist with planning what assistance can be provided and the best way to evacuate the resident.
Registration forms and information will be stored at the Meigs County EMA office and the Meigs County 911 center. The information will be updated on an annual basis.
Anyone wishing to participate in the program can receive a registration form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or the Meigs County Emergency Management Facebook page. Hard copy forms are available at the Robert E. Byer Emergency Operations Center, 41859 Pomeroy Pike, Pomeroy; the Meigs County Auditor’s Office and Commissioner’s Office at the Courthouse; the Meigs County Health Department at 112 E. Memorial Drive, Pomeroy; and the Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services, 175 Race Street, Middleport.
A specific phone number, 740-992-4740, has been set up for those who need assistance with the forms. When calling the number, follow the instructions provided and an individual from Meigs EMA will follow up with the caller.