Hurricane Registry

Functional and Medical Needs Registration Information in Camden County

Functional Medical Needs Hurricane Registry

The Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is a list maintained by the health department of residents who may need transportation or medical assistance and have no resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. Residents must apply to be on the Registry and can do so by calling toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344) and following the phone prompts which will connect them directly with their county health department. The application can also be downloaded at gachd.org/registry. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.

The Camden County Health Department maintains the Registry which is made up of residents who may require transport and medical assistance during a hurricane evacuation and have no other resources such as family, friends, neighbors, or church members to help them if they need to evacuate. Residents must apply to be on the registry. To apply, residents should call the Camden County Health Department at 912-576-3040 (Woodbine) or 912-882-8515 (St. Marys).

If you need transportation during an evacuation of the County please print the forms below and mail both forms to:

Camden County Health Department
 ATTN: Mallory Chappell, R.N.
 905 Dilworth Street
 St. Marys, GA 31558

Applicant Forms to Complete:
Camden County Hurricane Registry Application 2018 (PDF)

Protection Health Information Authorization Form (PDF)

Those with functional or access needs – including children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, taking medication, dressing, bathing, communicating, transferring from bed to chair and chair to bed, and toileting – will be evacuated to a gymnasium type setting far enough inland so that they are safe from the storm. The accommodations at the shelter will be basic (a cot with 20-40 square feet of space, bathroom facilities, meals, etc.) and the shelter may be several hours away.

Those with medical needs – including those who need the help of trained medical professionals for things like IV medication or who may be dependent on a respirator or other medical equipment – may be taken to a healthcare facility which will likely be located several hours inland. There may be a cost associated with care or transportation if someone is placed in a healthcare facility.

Please note that anyone who lives in a nursing home, assisted living, or personal care facility is not eligible for the registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan.

The Registry is truly a last resort but it is important that local emergency management agency and public health department officials have a list of residents who have certain needs and absolutely no other way to evacuate should that become necessary.

The time to apply for the Registry is when there are no storms threatening. 

It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.