Friday, October 8, 2010

New Database for Emergency Personnel

The City of Bloomington has announced a new voluntary citizens with disabilities registration system now available for use by first responders, providing immediate access to disability-specific information in emergency situations. The Bloomington/Monroe County Special Needs Database for First Responders gives dispatch, police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians visual-, hearing- and mobility-impairment information for those who have registered with the database.

"Anything that can help emergency personnel provide the highest level of care as quickly as possible is a big win for everyone," said Mayor Mark Kruzan. "This really is a great initiative that can only affect the community in a positive way."

Individuals with disabilities or family members of people with disabilities who would like to be included in this database may register at The registration form also may be completed and mailed to: Bloomington/Monroe County Special Needs Database, 220 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401. Those who need assistance completing the form may call 349-3429 or e-mail

After registration, a City representative will contact registrants every six months to ensure the information is up to date.

“This database is an extremely important step toward effective emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities in Monroe County," said Katie Herron, Chair of the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility. "Information gathered in this database will allow first responders to maximize the effectiveness and quality of care provided. Having disability-specific information prior to arriving at the scene of an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.”

For more information, contact Barbara McKinney at 349-3429 or

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