Vulnerable Persons Registry

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The Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) is a free, voluntary and confidential service aimed at improving the safety of residents living at home who would be at greater risk during emergencies.

The VPR improves safety by providing key information to emergency response teams in order to help them be more aware when addressing large scale emergencies.

Visit the registry website to find out more information or register. To register on the website, click on the menu tab in the upper left corner of your screen, then click on REGISTER. You can also register through the Township of Johnson Office, where you can pick up a VPR package, fill out the forms, and return them to the address supplied. A contact phone number for a VPR coordinator is also available in the package.

The VPR is active in the city of Sault Ste. Marie and some municipalities in the Algoma and Manitoulin-Sudbury Districts, as part of the Huron North Shore area. The Township of Johnson is part of the area covered by the VPR for “Large-Scale Emergencies”.

If an evacuation was needed, would you need help getting to a shelter?

By registering with VPR, emergency response teams will have access to the locations of those who may need unique assistance during an evacuation.

Who Can Register

Any persons living within the VPR jurisdiction (see map) who has severe difficulty with any of the following:

  • Mobility, vision or hearing.
  • Developmental, intellectual, cognitive, or mental health.

Any resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Prince Township, Dennis Township or Rankin Reserve living at home who requires:

  • Electricity for life-sustaining equipment such as life support, oxygen, dialysis, etc.

You are not eligible if:

  • You are receiving 24-hour support from a caregiver or home care aide (exceptions may apply).
  • You are receiving care or assistance from a long-term care home or supportive housing facility.
  • You are under the age of 18 and receive parent/guardian support (exceptions may apply).

Children with intensive needs or children that require electricity for life-sustaining equipment can be considered for eligibility.

We encourage you to contact the VPR Coordinator if you aren’t sure whether to register or not as every situation is different!

Updating Information

Registrants/Legal guardians are contacted every six months by their preferred contact method in order to update/confirm information. However, registrants/legal guardians are expected to contact the VPR Coordinator if changes occur before the scheduled update.

Removing Information

Registrants/Legal guardians can request to be removed from the registry at any time. Mail a signed removal form to the VPR Coordinator or submit an online removal request if you registered your account online.