Loudoun County Launches Evacuation Assistance Registry
Loudoun County has created an evacuation assistance registry designed to help individuals with disabilities who live or work in the county. The County of Loudoun Evacuation Assistance Registry (CLEAR) is a secure, voluntary registry for use by the Office of Emergency Management in the planning and coordination of evacuation assistance.
Anyone who lives or works in Loudoun County who has a mobility, hearing or vision impairment; mental illness, cognitive disability or other disabilities or medical needs, and who requires assistance to safely evacuate during an emergency is eligible for the registry. A caregiver for a CLEAR-eligible individual may also register. Residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes do not need to register with CLEAR because emergency officials already have information about those facilities.
The information registered with CLEAR will be available only to authorized emergency personnel for the county’s planning, response and recovery efforts in an emergency requiring evacuation, such as flooding, hurricanes or hazardous material spills and gas leaks.
“CLEAR is an emergency preparedness tool that will help us in situations that require evacuations,” said Kevin Johnson, Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management. “We encourage everyone in Loudoun County to plan ahead for emergencies by preparing their own family disaster plans and disaster supplies kits.”
More information about CLEAR, including an online registration form, is available on the Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov/clear.