North Dakota is starting a Web-based registry for people with special needs in cases of a power outage, a spokeswoman for the state Emergency Services Department said.
"It is voluntary," spokeswoman Cecily Fong said. "There has been a push since Hurricane Katrina to focus on the special-needs population within our communities so we can address their needs in an emergency."
Fong said utilities have a "do-not-disconnect" list for people with medical problems who are unable to pay their bills but lists are not shared with the state.
She said she knows of no recorded deaths in the state because of power loss affecting at-home medical devices.