Improves Safety during Emergencies
Complements Independent Living
Emergency Preparedness Education
Award-Winning Sault Ste. Marie Program
The Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) is a
free, voluntary and confidential service aimed at improving the safety of Sault Ste. Marie residents living at home
who would be at greater risk during emergencies.
The VPR improves safety by providing key information to local fire, police, paramedics and where authorized, PUC Inc. and Canadian Red Cross, in order to help them be more
aware when addressing emergencies.
Do you rely on electricity for life-sustaining equipment, such as oxygen?
Those relying on electricity are informed of planned power outages by PUC and are contacted by Canadian Red Cross during major power outages lasting 6 hours or
Home Emergencies (9-1-1)
Would you be able to get out of the house or apartment quickly if there was a fire?
Would you act more aggressively towards police because of mental health?
When 9-1-1 is called to your address, key information is immediately available to the dispatcher such as ‘mobility’, ‘obese’, ‘bedridden’, ‘oxygen’, ‘deaf’,
‘mental health’ etc., which helps first responders become more aware before arriving on scene
If an evacuation was needed, would you need help getting to a shelter?
Emergency response teams will know the locations of those who may need unique assistance during an evacuation
for more examples on how the VPR can help!
Who Can Register
Any resident within Sault Ste. Marie city limits without 24-hour support who experiences 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.
for a map showing the eligibility area!
24-hour support refers to 24-hour care from a caregiver or homecare aide
(exceptions may apply)
Anyone receiving assistance from a long-term care or supportive housing facility is not eligible to register
Anyone receiving parent/guardian support is not able to register except children with intensive needs
(i.e. requires electricity)
We encourage you to contact the
if you aren’t sure whether to register or not as every situation is different!
Registrants/Legal guardians are contacted every three months in their method of choice in order to update/confirm information. However, registrants/legal guardians are
expected to contact the VPR Coordinator if changes occur before the scheduled update.
Registrants/Legal guardians can request to be removed from the registry at any time. Mail a signed
to the VPR Coordinator or submit an online removal request if you registered online and created a VPR account.