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Hurricane preps should include SNAP for special need seniors

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

 LAKE CHARLES, LA.(KPLC) -SNAP is a program that helps to assure seniors with special needs are accounted for if a hurricane threatens.  SNAP stands for Special Needs Assistance Program. More than 1500 seniors are now in the data base, and it's important that they keep their information current.

Debbie Duhon with the CCOA says they are now updating records for their clients who responded to a survey with various questions that will help emergency responders.  "Has your health changed in the last year? Have you begun to use a wheel chair? Have you been confined to your bed or placed on oxygen? Have you had any health changes within the last year? "

  For seniors, participating in SNAP means that if an evacuation is called, emergency officials will check to see if they need help.  "They know exactly where they live. They know what their needs are. They know if they have special needs. And they go and evacuate these senior citizens for us, "explains CCOA Director Tony Caraway.

SNAP is not just useful in a hurricane. If you dial 911 the information provided to SNAP will be available to emergency responders. "If there's an elderly client in their home and they fall they can call 911, SNAP 911. They have them in the data base already and they know what their needs are," said Caraway.

To enroll in SNAP a land line telephone is required. You can enroll on line by clicking here or call Calcasieu Council on Aging for help.

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