'Help Us, Help You' — City of Tampa launches voluntary special needs registry

TAMPA, Fla. — The City of Tampa has launched a voluntary special needs registry to ensure the safety of all Tampa residents in emergency situations. 

The "Help Us, Help You" registry was created for residents who have special needs or disabilities that may limit their ability to speak or respond to instructions. 

The information is entered into a secure database that can be accessed by first responders. This way they can check before entering a home and be aware if someone inside may not communicate in a typical way. 

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Officials encourage any resident with special needs or disabilities that limit how they communicate or respond to register. 

You can also register someone at your address if they routinely visit, even if they don't live with you. 

To register or get for more information visit TampaGov.Net. 

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