Are you prepared for an emergency? Are they?

Eleven percent of Ramsey County citizens are living with a disability -- and information about that disability might be crucial to emergency responders in a crisis.

Kari Sheldon, a You Be The Change leadership candidate at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties, wants to help make a difference in those people’s lives.

Sheldon is a member on the Saint Paul Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, which brainstormed for a system that would alert the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center of any special
conditions, medications, and/or allergies that should be taken into account by emergency responders.

It also informs the Emergency Communications Center of medical contacts and of trusted individuals who can assist police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency personnel in entering or securing the individual’s home during an emergency.

But right now, only 50 people have registered for the alert. Sheldon will host an informational meeting with people on March 27, to encourage them to sign up. Anyone living with a disability or with a loved one with a disability is invited to attend.

The Emergency Preparation Forum will be held Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Park Apartments, 5th Floor Community Room, 180 Wayzata Street, in St. Paul.

For more information about Community Action, visit or call 651-603-5915

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