Would You Need Special Help in an Emergency or Evacuation?


Green Mountain United Way, in collaboration with E911, Vermont 211 and the United Ways of Vermont, is participating in a new statewide initiative to identify those in our community who would need special assistance in an emergency or evacuation. This could include, but is not limited to, people who need the use of a wheelchair, have unique transportation needs, are blind or hearing-impaired or have a service animal.

If you or someone you know would need this special assistance, please encourage them to complete the E911 CARE Form below for his/her area of residence. This form can be completed online and emailed to info@gmunitedway.org for Washington/Orange Counties, to nbaker@gmunitedway.org for Caledonia/So. Essex Counties, or to mroy@gmunitedway.org for Orleans/No. Essex Counties. Or, it can be printed for completion and mailed to the address shown on the bottom of the form.

The information provided on these forms will be treated as confidential and will be given to E911 for entry in their database, after which the forms will be destroyed. First responders are the only ones who will have access to this information at the time of an emergency and will be able to determine any special considerations before arriving on the scene making it safer and quicker for the special needs person.

This is a vital program that will benefit many members of our local area. Please help us by helping to complete these forms and sending them to us.

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