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Special Medical Needs Program

May 28, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee County is committed to assisting residents whose health would quickly deteriorate in a public shelter during emergencies. The Special Medical Needs Program is available to all Lee County residents at no cost.

People with disabilities must assume personal responsibility and be prepared for an emergency. The basic steps of a personal safety plan are the same for everyone.

Who Qualifies for Special

Medical Needs Shelters?

Special medical needs shelters are for people:

* With impairments or disabilities who are medically stable but require some medical assistance.

* Whose care exceeds basic first aid provided at a public shelter or need assistance with basic, everyday tasks.

* Who require electricity for medical equipment such as oxygen, nebulizers, IV pump, etc.

* With medical conditions such as moderate/advance Alzheimer's, dialysis, comorbidity, moderate/advanced neuromuscular disorders.

How Do I Register?

The easiest way to register is online at

You can register yourself, or a family member or caregiver can register for you. If you do not have access to a computer, you can also register by calling Lee County Emergency Management at 239-533-0622.

Registrations must be renewed yearly.

Register Early! Registrations will not be taken once Lee County enters the 5-day hurricane forecast cone.

Do I Need a Caregiver or Friend?

A companion or caregiver will need to accompany you during the time you shelter. Caregivers will need to bring shelter survival supplies for themselves.

Visit or call Lee County Emergency Management at 239-533-0622 for more information.

What if I Need Transportation?

If you do not have a vehicle or a ride to get to a Special Medical Needs shelter, you can register for transportation. Lee County Emergency Management works with LeeTran to organize transportation for those who need assistance.

What if I do not pre-register?

If you have not pre-registered and do not have a ride, you can go to any LeeTran bus stop or transfer station for a free bus ride to a shelter.

Bus schedules and the Transit app are available at the LeeTran website:

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in all shelters. You can bring your dog or cat with you to a Special Medical Needs shelter. Animals are housed in a different area but you will have access to feed, walk and spend time with them.

Bring food and supplies you pet will need while at the shelter.

Source: Lee County Emergency Management



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