Halifax municipality launches Voluntary Vulnerable Persons Registry
November 8, 2023 By Halifax Regional Municipality
Nov. 8, 2023, Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax Regional Municipality has launched a Voluntary Vulnerable Persons Registry (VVPR) to assist residents who may require more support during emergency situations.
The VVPR provides essential information to first responders and Emergency Management staff and volunteers to help prioritize responses to residents’ needs in situations, such as sustained power outages or severe storms.
The VVPR is a voluntary, self-referral list intended for residents without 24-hour support who experience severe difficulty with any of the following:
- vision impairment
- hearing impairment
- developmental disabilities
- cognitive impairment
- mental health conditions
- any resident who requires electricity for life-sustaining equipment such as oxygen, dialysis, etc.
When the VVPR program is activated, a warning will be sent through hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system, to registrants, their representative/legal guardian and emergency contacts.
Emergency Management staff will then conduct phone calls if needed, or attempt door-to-door contact through Emergency Management volunteers.
After the event, Emergency Management staff will provide check-in communications through hfxALERT to registrants, their representative/legal guardian and emergency contacts. Prioritization checks will be conducted based on personal information included in the registration form, with door-to-door contact, as necessary.
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