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Palm Beach County Emergency Management says new options for people with special needs this hurricane season

Posted: 6:41 PM, May 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-31 18:43:37-04
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Inside Joseph’s Village Independent housing apartments in West Palm Beach. You’ll find dozens of people like Evelyn Seymore.

“I use my walker and anything further than my mailbox I use my wheelchair,” Seymore said.

This will be her first hurricane season living on her own after the assisted living facility she was in shutdown.

“Yeah, it does scare me,” she said.

However, there is help this hurricane season for people like Seymore who require electricity for breathing treatments.

Palm Beach County has 15 general population shelters and two special needs shelters and for the first time, a certified special nursing assistant will be at each one of the general population shelters.

“If it got really bad I would have to go to not a regular shelter because I can’t lay on those types of beds and I have to do nebulizer breathing treatments so I would have to go to one that has the medical,” Seymore said.

If you require specialized treatment and are not in an assisted living facility emergency management recommends that you pre-register for a special needs shelter. There are around 800 spots available and now you can apply online. A relief for Evelyn and others in her apartment building.

“Like I said I believe in God and I know he’s going to take good care of me,” she said.