NOKR has appeared in many media
sources, this is a short list
New York Times
San Diego Union
Press of Atlantic
Kansas City Star
Cape Cod Times
Bangor Daily News
American Forces News- Department of Defense
Tsunamis Assistance for Next Of Kin
Those who have
family members visiting or living in the Asian
Quake, tsunamis area can register vital
The National Next Of Kin Registry would
like to inform those who have family members
visiting or living in the Asian quake tsunamis
area to visit the National Next Of Kin website,
http://www.nokr.org to register vital
information about their family members in the
event this information is needed by the
authorities or search and rescue teams.
The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a
new high-speed solution to locating your Next Of
Kin in urgent situations. NOKR is designed as an
emergency contact system to help if you or your
family member is missing, injured or
deceased. NOKR is a free service to the public
as well as the Local and State agencies using
the search service.
NOKR has had tremendous success on the regional
level and now on the national level. NOKR is a
steadfast organization dedicated to bridging the
information gap between the public and the
registered agencies. NOKR's nonprofit free
service provides these agencies assistance in
the rapid location for those who have registered
their next of kin or emergency point of contact.
We should mention there is no other service like
NOKR that is available anywhere in the USA,
Canada or Mexico.
Many unfortunate accidents happen each day to
individuals in our society and many of them do
not have information, which could lead to
expeditious family location. NOKR is beneficial
in many ways. In the unique and changing socio
political climate we currently live in,
unfortunately tragedies such as 9/11 or even
more recently, hurricane Charlie have reminded
us about our vulnerability and the importance of
family. The National Next of Kin Registry is
becoming a vital link to the needs of law
enforcement and emergency services nationwide.
Northern Virginia Journal Newspaper
Registry built to inform next of kin
December 02, 2004
By ANDREA PERRIN
Journal staff writer
Hospitals often have this problem when admitting
an unconscious patient, police confront it when a
motorist is killed and nursing homes sometimes
face it when an elderly resident dies – how to
locate next of kin? There had been no nationwide
means of finding someone’s next of kin, that is
until this fall when two longtime friends created
the National Next Of Kin Registry. Herbert W. Lork
said he and Mark Cerney began talking about the
idea after Cerney’s family nanny died in a nursing
home and he didn’t learn about it until eight
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NEXT OF KIN OPTION AT YOUR LOCAL DMV
Temecula, CA (October 22, 2004)
The National Next Of Kin registry (NOKR) tackles
new heights on state and national level. On Thursday
NOKR announced on its website that they are proposing
a new Department Of Motor Vehicle Initiative called. NOKR DMV
Initiative, this new proposal includes the
following: To provide the option at all Department Of
Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices nationwide, to have a
decal or image placed on your state issued drivers
licenses or Identification card showing your next of
kin is registered. See the samples at
Any individual applying for a state issued
Identification card or drivers license would have the
option of completing a short registration form,
indicating who their contact next of kin or emergency
point of contact would be, in
the event of critical need.
Registry helps locate loved ones in an
Saturday, September 25, 2004
By COURTNEY LINGLE
V. Richard Haro/The
TIME TO LOSE: A new Web site launched by a
nonprofit organization in California features a
secure registry that helps law enforcement find
next of kin more quickly in the case of an
www.nokr.org to learn more about
the National Next of Kin Registry.
When it comes to notifying family members that a loved
one has died or is seriously injured, local
law-enforcement agencies do everything they can as
quickly and as compassionately as possible.
Most of the time,
contact is made within minutes or hours. But sometimes
it can take days or weeks to identify, locate and
contact next of kin, and in a few rare cases, families
are never found.
"It can be anywhere
from a few minutes to days or even longer," Larimer
County Chief Deputy Coroner Diane Fairman said. "But
I'm thinking right now of two to three (cases) I can
remember in our office in the past few years that we
never found next of kin."
A new Web site launched
this month by a California-based nonprofit
organization bridges the gap between law enforcement
Through its Web site,
www.nokr.org,the National Next of Kin
Registry allows people to register themselves and a
family member or point of contact who could lead law
enforcement to next of kin.
required to give their name and address and the name
and address of their family member or contact person,
and can add a telephone number and e-mail address.
According to the Web
site, the information is gathered on a secure site and
then sent encrypted to a secure area on a separate
server that is accessible only to law-enforcement
agencies trying to locate next of kin. Once they are
identified, law-enforcement agencies are given a Web
address and password that would link them to a
specific registrant's information.
Members also can print
out an optional wallet-size registration card that
could alert law enforcement to go to the registry for
information on next of kin.
Started as a pilot
program in Washington state, the Next of Kin Registry
went national Sept. 10, and organizers now are working
to get the word out to residents and law-enforcement
agencies throughout the country, said Herbert Lork,
chief operating officer for the registry.
"Our goal now is to
build up our database to a couple hundred million
names within the next five years," he said.
Local authorities in
Larimer County hadn't heard of the site but said it
could be a useful tool on those occasional tough
investigators now use the phone book, mail, neighbors,
personal effects and any other tools they can to
identify and locate a victim's family.
"With families getting
more and more estranged and people living farther
apart, it's getting harder," she said, noting that in
many cases, people have different names from their
parents, spouses or children.
Wellington resident Jim
Amodeo said it took local law enforcement five to six
hours to find him after his close friend, Scherie
Reynolds, and her two children were killed in a crash
Reynolds, 35, had moved
in with Amodeo just days before she died, and Amodeo
said, while he wasn't the legal next of kin, he was
the closest person she had in Colorado. Once law
enforcement located him, Amodeo was able to lead them
to Reynolds' mother, who lived out of state.
"In my case, especially
because of the last names, it would have accelerated
the contact," Amodeo said of the registry. Colorado
State Patrol trooper Scott Boskovich said CSP is able
to locate next of kin within 24 hours of a crash in
most cases. He likes the idea of the Web site and the
card, which would alert law enforcement who might not
be familiar with the site.
"Anything that would
help us do our job a little bit better and a little
bit more efficiently always is welcome," he said,
adding that he would consider signing up for the
registry himself. "Just in case I'm out vacationing,
not in the state of Colorado, they'd at least know who
to notify right quick."
Fort Collins police Lt.
Jim Szakmeister said, while the Web site sounds like a
great idea, he's leery about security.
But organizers say the
site is safe and secure.
For those who prefer
not to register online, Fairman and Szakmeister said a
simple homemade card with the holder's name, address
and two points of contact is an effective option.
Szakmeister suggested including the telephone numbers
for the next of kin and the relationship.
Aug 29, 2004
The San Diego Union -
San Diego, Calif.Family
registry expanding service.
was founded this year to assist local and state agencies in
locating and notifying people
of a missing, critically injured
or dead family member.
-- The National Next of Kin Registry is expanding its free service
on a national level.
The launch will
begin with a media event Sept. 10 at the Cornerstone Corporate
Center, 1902 Wright Place, Carlsbad.
The registry was
founded this year to assist local and state agencies in locating
and notifying people of a missing, critically injured or dead
family member. Families register the names of relatives with the
group, which operates a database available to law enforcement. The
nonprofit organization recently relocated to Temecula from
information about the registry can be found at http://
Virginia State Police
August 25, 2004
There is nothing more tragic than the sudden
loss of a loved one or family member. That pain can be magnified
by finding out a day or even more after the fact because law
enforcement did not know the identity of the next-of-kin.
A new nationwide service was created to aid officers in
the search for contacts in these situations. The National Next of
Kin Registry, founded in 2004, offers contact information for
next-of-kin in the event of an accident resulting in injury or
death of a loved one. The National Next of Kin Registry is a free
service that allows people to list one person that they want to be
contacted on behalf of, according to President Mark Cerney.
“If there is a spouse, the majority of people will have
that person already listed as their next-of-kin,” he said. “Most
of the time, if you’re traveling, it’s with your spouse. So many
people list some other family member to be contacted.”
The link to the registry is on the Virginia State Police
website. The Department is one of several law enforcement agencies
that list this information, including the Washington State Police,
the LA County’s coroner’s office, the Spokane County coroner’s
“We’re seeing a large amount of people using the service,”
Cerney said. “We typically get five to 10 names per day from our
link on the Virginia State Police website.”
The organization plans an additional level of service for
“Our next major focus will be the homeless and runaways.
Because they rarely have access to the Internet, we’re going to
have letters they can fill out and drop in the mailbox.”
This angle is still a work in progress, so Cerney said he
does not know where the letters will be available.
“Even though these individuals are homeless, they still
deserve to have the same rights as the rest of us.”
Cerney said he helped develop the service after
experiencing a difficult time when a loved one died.
“I had a personal situation in 1990. I’ve watched
technology change over the years. The registry is really a
mainstream service. It’s amazing that something like this hasn’t been
The project came together in the San Diego Public
Administrator’s office, according to Cerney.
“We worked hand-in-hand with the coroner’s office. Gov.
Schwarzenegger issued a directive for the government agencies to
work smarter and use Internet technology more effectively.”
In light of the growing threats of terrorist activity,
natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods and other
catastrophic events, services such as this one can serve as a
valuable service in disseminating information in a more timely
The registry was implemented in January 2004 and continues
to be upgraded and improved, according to Cerney. He encourages
people to check out their website, available through the Virginia
State Police website, at
http://www.vsp.state.va.us/ or at
“We’re really happy with the outcome so far. We’re very
excited that the Virginia State Police has provided a link for us
on their website … The bottom line, end of the day the only thing
that’s important is our family – our brothers, sisters, parents,
children, aunts and uncles. This is a noble cause, and we hope
that it has an impact.”
Virginia State Police Association
6944 Forest Hill Ave.
Richmond, VA 23225
National Next of Kin Registry to Expand
CA (August 23, 2004).
The National Next of Kin Registry is expanding it’s free
service on a national level.
The launch will kick off with a media event to be held on
September 10th, 2004 at the Cornerstone Corporate
Center 1902 Wright Place,
NOKR enables people to register family members or next of kin into
a free, secure database. This
information is then encrypted and transferred to a separate
location and only then can law enforcement, the local coroners
office, or public administrator access the database for the sole
purpose of locating and notifying next of kin in the event of
critical need or death.
success of the Next of Kin Registry regional launch in Washington
state this past March resulted in a number of law enforcement
agencies signing up for our service, including, Washington State
Patrol, Bellingham Police, Spokane County Coroners Office,
Virginia State Police, The State of Louisiana and many more notes
Mark Cerney, the founder of NOKR. “We are a non-profit, free of
charge service, dedicated to expediting the notification process
for both public officials and the public.
In a time when we are faced with catastrophic events
created by nature or by mans inhumanity to his fellow man, our
nation and our world needs a service like NOKR to provide valuable
support to our national, state, and local agencies”.
National Next of Kin Registry was founded in 2004 to assist in the
location of family members in times of critical injury or death.
The Organization recently relocated to Temecula, CA from
Bellingham, Washington. More
information can be found about Next of Kin Registry by visiting
March 10, 2004
Local law enforcement
agencies get a helping hand with new
National Next of Kin registry./bigger>
/smaller>/fontfamily>by Bronlea Hawkins
/fontfamily>Lynden Tribune reporter
A Bellingham-based web design
company has created a revolutionary new tool for law enforcement
agencies and medical examiners nationwide. Worldwide Generations Inc. launched the National Next of Kin
registry last Friday with an informal gathering of press and law
enforcement agencies in Bellingham. The launch drew in news and
law enforcement agencies from northwest Washington state and a
representative from the governor's office. "Our mission here is to give back to the community," said
e-business consultant Mel Mulligan. "We saw a need that wasn't
being fulfilled." The National Next of Kin registry is a free service that will
aid law enforcement agencies and medical examiners throughout the
country in identifying people and notifying their next of kin. "The way it works is the public registers a person on the
registry and then law enforcement can go in and do a search as
appropriate and find information on the next of kin," Mulligan
The online form asks for the first and last names of the
family member who is being registered, as well as his or her
address (if known), age and any additional comments that could aid
in identifying him or her. The person who registers the family member is also asked to
give his or her name, address, and relationship to the next of
kin. All the information is securely transmitted and stored on a
secure server. "The only people that can access (the information) are law
enforcement and medical examiners," Mulligan said. Whatcom County Under sheriff Carey James said he thinks the
registry has potential as a law enforcement tool. "I'm going to definitely make (this information) available to
the officers here and explain it to them as best I can," James
said. "If it can be used as a resource to better do our job, I'll
let them make those decisions." Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster said he agrees that the
National Next of Kin registry has potential to be a valuable tool
in larger cities--
Contact Bronlea Hawkins via e-mail at <reporter@
March 6, 2004
The Bellingham Herald
Next-of-kin online listing aids police
COMMUNICATIONS: Encrypted information is available only to subscribing
law enforcement agencies.
Katie N. Johannes, The Bellingham Herald
enforcement officers discover a death they or the county coroner have to
figure out whom to notify.
A Bellingham Web development company launched a site this week that
is intended to make that job easier, and improve communication to family
A new online registry allows the public to enter information about
themselves and their family members, and allows only law enforcement
personnel to have access to the information, said Mark Cerney, project
manager for World Wide Generations, the company that developed the site.
At a news conference Friday in Bellingham, law enforcement officers
thought of several instances in which the site would be helpful.
"Every day, we deal with transients out in the field," Bellingham
Police Sgt. Flo Simon said. "This service could help us notify family
members if they've passed."
How to register
To register, users log onto
www.nokr.org and fill in contact information such as the
family member's name and address. Fields for phone numbers, date of
birth and identifying marks are optional.
Users fill out the same information about themselves and check a box
to indicate how they are related.
Cerney said the information is encrypted and secure, and the only
people who can access the information are law enforcement personnel who
have set up accounts.
The site is free to users, and is funded by donations.
When a person is found dead, law enforcement officers or coroners
will search telephone listings, and marriage and Social Security
"This (site) decreases the time we have to look for the next of kin,"
Helps in accidents
Washington State Patrol Capt. Bob Lenz agreed, adding that
identifying next of kin is crucial information after fatal car
"There is a real sense of urgency in getting the information to the
next of kin before (a family member) sees it in the news," Lenz said.
He suggested to Cerney that they consider putting people's pictures
on the Web site.
The site also can be used to find family members of people who are
still alive, but who have gotten lost, perhaps because they have
Alzheimer's disease, said World Wide Generations Northwest manager Mel
And it could especially helpful in the cases of people who have died
out of state.
Mulligan said he knew someone on the East Coast who was hospitalized
for three days after a car crash before any of his family members knew
about it because many of them lived in different states.
"I can see that there would be more benefits for people interstate
than intrastate," Lenz said.
Katie Johannes at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 756-2805.
National Next Of Kin Registry launches Regionally
(Bellingham, WA March 5th
The first ever National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) launched today
in Bellingham, Washington.
This is a
new service offered to families and to Local and State Agencies. NOKR
was created to assist in the rapid search for next of kin when a
family member is missing, injured or has died. There has been no
system or service of this kind in place, until now. The NOKR is an
attempt to streamline this approach above and accelerate the
location of family members.
Lenz with the Washington State Troopers was sent as representative
from the Governor Locke's office. Capt. Lenz spoke about how this
would help with the interstate traffic fatalities that State
Troopers respond to. Bellingham Police also spoke about the
benefits of this registry, which will aid in locating the next of kin,
We do have a
larger number of people now registering since the launch today
stated Mel Mulligan, who sits on the NOKR Board of Directors. We’ve
had inquires from across the state, from law enforcement as well
as Coroners and Medical Examiners. We’ve spoken to the press
largely to explain to them how this concept was born and the
benefits to the public and to law enforcement. This is free to the
public as well as the agencies using the search database. The
search database is only accessible by registered law enforcement
agencies using this service for official use to locate a next of
Of Kin Registry NOKR