Emergency Services

Special Needs Registry

Dear Allegheny County Resident:

The 2012 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that there are 159,027 people who have some type of disability living in Allegheny County. In order to better serve these residents, the Department of Emergency Services has developed a Special Needs Registry which allows them to provide voluntary information that would be helpful for emergency responders to know when responding to a call.

Any Allegheny County resident who requires additional assistance due to special needs during a police, fire or medical emergency may submit information to the registry. This includes any physical or mental disability that would keep an individual from leaving the home quickly if they had to do so. This can include individuals with autism, those who are deaf-blind, and those who have intellectual disabilities, as well as individuals who have physical challenges. In the event that someone is unable to submit information on their own, a person who is authorized to act on their behalf may do so.

This is a voluntary registry. The information provided will be shared with 911, fire, police, EMS, emergency planners and first responders in times of crisis. Persons on the registry are volunteering for the list and have the choice to agree to assistance, or to say no. If someone does not want to disclose health information, they should not register.

Providing this information does not guarantee that the person will receive immediate or special aid in an emergency or disaster. People should always have their own emergency plan in place. Individuals should be aware that their municipality may not be able to accommodate specific needs, but may be able to make a reasonable accommodation.

Submitting information to the Special Needs Registry confirms that you have read and agree to all of the above. It is your responsibility to notify the Department of Emergency Services when there is a change in submitted information.  To make any changes, please: 

Email the changes to Email to: ; or
Phone the office during the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, at
          412-473-1000 (Voice Only)
          412-473-3056 (TTY/TDD Only); or
Mail changes/corrections in writing to
          Emergency Services
          Attn: Special Needs Registry
          400 North Lexington Street, Suite 200
          Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2521


Clicking on this checkbox confirms that you have read and agree to all of the above. You cannot continue without acknowledging that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions outlined here. 

Click here to continue to the Special Needs Registry Online Form