Florida Pushing Its Emergency Contact Program

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If you are involved in a car crash, who would you want police to notify? Florida residents have the opportunity to make that decision before an emergency strikes.

Governor Rick Scott signed a proclamation naming the week of October 2nd through the 8th as, “Register Your Emergency Contact Information Week.”

Florida’s Emergency Contact Program allows licensed drivers and identification card holders to submit two contacts to notify in the event of an emergency, such as a vehicle crash. The information can then be accessed only in the event of an emergency and only by law enforcement officers to find designated contacts.

Quickly reaching an emergency contact within the first few minutes of an accident, can be the difference between life and death.

Panama City Beach Police Chief, Robert Harding, sees this as a big help to not only law enforcement, but medical personnel as well.
“A person can tell the medical people whether you have a medical issue or the medications you’re taking or if you’re allergic to a medication; that can be critical while you’re in route to a hospital” said Panama City Beach Police Chief, Robert Harding.

Local residents seem to think it is a good idea.
“Well I live alone. I don’t have any family here locally, and it’d be good for them to know what happen to me if something did" said Panama City Beach resident, Trelle Wade.
“In case you’re unconscious in an accident, there could be somebody for them to contact” said Panama City Beach, Rosemary Dampier.

There are already 5 million Florida drivers registered into the program, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles hopes millions more take advantage of the program as well.

To sign up, visit:
https://www8.hsmv.state.fl.us/eci/



 
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