OTTAWA – The LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency this week has received grant funding to enhance their planning capabilities for citizens with functional or access needs. The grant’s spending parameters are specific and must include community preparedness practices that increase the inclusion of people with disabilities into community planning initiatives.
The funds received will be utilized to enhance and promote the county’s Functional and Access Needs Database and to purchase weather alert radios for specific “at risk” populations within LaSalle County.
Every citizen with a functional or access need is encouraged to register on the Functional and Access Needs Database. The database is open to anyone, who as a result of a large scale disaster or emergency may need assistance with any of the following functional needs:
Medical - Conditions that require ongoing medical professional assistance or assistive devices
Supervision - Assistance with maintaining your ability to be independent
Communication - English is not your primary language and a language translator is needed
Transportation - Either do not have or do not have access to
Independence - Children who are too young to care for themselves and older adults who need assistance with their daily living activities
Registration is easy and takes minimal time. Residents can log on to the “Services” tab at www.lasallecountyema.org and complete a simple contact form. Once received, someone from the Emergency Management Agency will contact the person that registered to obtain some additional information. The whole process should take only 5-10 minutes. To ensure continued accuracy, everyone who registers will be contacted annually to ensure the validity of the information provided.
In addition to enhancing the database, funds were obtained to provide a NOAA weather alert radio to every licensed day care center/home, licensed long term care facility and public schools that are located within LaSalle County. The radios are programmable to receive pertinent weather alerts and can eliminate any unwanted alerts from neighboring jurisdictions.
“By providing these facilities with a weather radio, they will receive timely notification of impending weather events giving them as much warning time as possible to shelter these at risk populations,” said Fred Moore, deputy director of the LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency.
For more information, visit www.lasallecountyema.org. For questions, please contact the Emergency Management Agency office at (815) 433-5622.