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Clear Program Launches Special Needs Registry

Families Urged to Register Their Loved Ones. The City of Santa Clarita is proud to announce that the Community and Law Enforcement Aware Response (CLEAR) committee has established a Special Needs Registry in cooperation with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department. The City was a founder and has been a long-time supporter of the CLEAR program, through the City’s Human Relations Forum. The Special Needs Registry is meant to assist individuals living in Santa Clarita who are at-risk during emergency situations due to limited communication, age, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disabilities, or other disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. It consists of confidential binders of information, filled out by family members, and kept at the Sheriff’s station, which include vital information about the person involved. The cost of the registry is currently being covered by a grant from the Autism Society of America.
 
To register their loved ones, family members can fill out a registry form, available at the Sheriff’s station or online at www.CLEARscv.org. The CLEAR Committee will hold an official launch of the registry program at the City’s upcoming Emergency Expo on April 22, 2006. Forms and information will be provided at a CLEAR Committee booth during the Expo, held at Saugus Speedway, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The City urges every family to register loved ones who might need special assistance in times of emergency, such as children, the elderly, or the developmentally disabled. “This new Special Needs Registry is an invaluable tool for Sheriff’s personnel,” said Donna Nuzzi, Emergency Services Supervisor for the City. “It will allow individuals to be identified and attended to as their individual needs dictate. Medical needs and special conditions are all part of the registry, so Sheriff’s personnel can quickly respond during a variety of situations.”
 
For more information about the Special Needs Registry, or to request a registration form, contact Emily Iland of the CLEAR Program at 661/297-4205.