Have you ever asked yourself how would your family be notified in case you were in an emergency situation, like a crash or other type of accident?
The ECI (Emergency Contact Information) program began in Florida and was quickly adopted by other states because of its effectiveness, at the moment having more than 12 mil. registrants. ECI is a secure system that can be accessed nation-wide only by law enforcement, in order to reach your designated contact in case of an emergency situation.
By registering your emergency contact information (ECI) into the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles system, law enforcement agencies can contact your family and friends in a fast and efficient manner, even across the state lines.
Because only Law Enforcement has access to your ECI, in the event of an emergency, the information you provide will only be used to notify the people you choose and nothing else.
The ECI program was created as a response to the lack of options law enforcement had in order to notify loved-ones in the event of an emergency. The initiative belongs to Christine Olson, in loving memory of her daughter Tiffany who was involved in a fatal crash and it was over 6 hours before Christine was notified.
Every second counts. Register your emergency contact information so that law enforcement can contact your loved ones as quickly as possible in a critical emergency.
To Inform Families First (TIFF) is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting emergency contact registration. Please register by visiting their website and submit the form.
In Case of Emergency (ICE) Program
In Case of Emergency (ICE) was conceived in 2004 by Bob Brotchie, a British paramedic, that enables first responders, such as firefighters, paramedics and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin owner of a working mobile phone, in order to obtain medical and support information.
ICE encourages people to enter emergency contact in their mobile phone contact lists under the name “ICE” or as multiple contacts as “ICE1”, “ICE2” and so on. Personally I’m using “ICE Brother” and “ICE Mom”.
Stay safe and be prepared.