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Kansas Creating Database of Special Needs Citizens

Kansas is urging the disabled and other residents with special needs to provide information about themselves for a disaster planning database.

Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli says the state Division of Emergency Management, which he leads, wants to make sure that local emergency management officials know about people with special needs in their communities.

For example, Tafanelli said, registering with the Vulnerable Needs Information System will let local officials know if someone uses oxygen or has trouble moving or communicating. The information gathered will be used only for disaster planning.

People can register online at the system‘s site, www.helpmekansas.org, or they can call 2-1-1.

Tafanelli‘s division is working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the United Way to get vulnerable Kansans registered.

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