Mobile Advisory Commission for the Disabled

INITIATIVES / ACHIEVEMENTS
Projects that the MACD is pursuing as well as past successes

The Mobile Advisory Commission for the Disabled, in conjunction with UCP Mobile, the Independent Living Center of Mobile, and the Mobile Association of the Blind, has taken the initiative to provide funding for The Special Needs Evacuation Registry web site - www.disasterhelpmobile.com.

The special needs registry is an emergency preparedness tool to be used by Mobile County officials for communicating with people with special needs, pre-event emergency planning, and for determining evacuation and shelter needs during actual emergencies. There is no guarantee that services will be provided, nor does registration guarantee that services will be received on a preferential basis.

The registry may be used for any emergency requiring evacuation, such as flooding, hurricanes or hazard material spills, and gas leaks. This information will be available to emergency planners and will facilitate the County's planning, response and recovery efforts. Even though you are on this registry, you should call 9-1-1 in the event of a life threatening situation.

Registration is voluntary and all information collected will be kept private and confidential and securely stored.

The Special Needs Registry is for those residents of Mobile County, Alabama who do not have any way to evacuate on their own. This is not a service for those who have reliable cars, can ride with a family member or friend, or are residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

If you have additional questions, call UCP Mobile at (251) 479-4900.

The MACD has undertaken the initiative to develop and publish an updated Accessibility Guide for the City of Mobile. This will build upon the current Accessibility Guide, which was first created and published by the MACD in 2003. Instrumental in this project are Professor Cathy O'Keefe and her Therapeutic Recreation students at the University of South Alabama. The students will be performing the fieldwork for the guide, which includes conducting onsite visits to area businesses to compile the data for the Guide through detailed surveys using the Checklist for Existing Facilities version 2.1. You can download a PDF file of this survey using the link for Downloadable Files on the LINKS page of this web site.

Our plan and goal is to have the new, updated Accessibility Guide ready for distribution leading up to the United States Marine Corps Conference, which will be held in Mobile in 2012.