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08 14 2006 NOKR Safeguards Kids for the 2006-2007 School Year
07 11 2006
Web Site Lets People Store Next Of Kin Information
07 10 2006 Next of Kin Registry Partners with New American Red Cross “Safe and Well Website”
07 01 2006 Federal and Local Agencies Work With American Red Cross to Help Families Communicate
05 24 2006 NOKR Preparedness Tips Prove Crucial as Hurricane Season Approaches (Media Advisory)
05 18 2006
National Next of Kin Registry
05 17 2006 National Emergency Database Connects Missing Loved Ones After Disaster
05 08 2006 Next of Kin Registry Issues Bird Flu Tip Sheet
04 12 2006 Next of Kin Registry Raises Emergency Contact Notification Awareness at Orlando’s 28th Annual National Hurricane Conference
04 05 2006 Nation’s Emergency Contact System Partners with University of California San Diego’s Supercomputer Center
01 30 2006  Alarming Concern After Katrina (Media Advisory)

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NOKR Safeguards Kids for the 2006-2007 School Year

National Registry Proactively Archives Emergency Contacts Accessible Only to
Local and State Agencies

San Diego, Calif., August 14, 2006

The most important item on parents’ back-to-school lists should be registering their kids with the Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), the nation’s only central system serving local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in the event of a personal emergency or national disaster.  Infants, elementary school children, teens and college students can have their emergency contacts archived for quick, efficient communication in the event of an injury, accident, or any other unforeseen incident.     

NOKR is urging parents to take the precautionary measure of registering their children with the NOKR.  Some high school students will be driving to school for the first time, others will be leaving home for college, elementary and high school kids will be engaging in sports, field trips, social activities, while infants and toddlers head off to daycare.  Making vital emergency contacts available to safety agencies is one of the most basic and fundamental steps to safeguarding kids nationwide.     

The federally recognized NOKR is secure and private, available only to authorized safety agencies.  The free registry fits in with the Amber Alert, which is a nationwide missing child response program that utilizes the resources of law enforcement and media to notify the public when children are kidnapped by predators.  By archiving kids’ emergency contacts and photo with NOKR, the information could later be used by authorities at a moments notice to help find a missing child. The way the NOKR works is it archives your emergency contact information provided onto a secure registration page inside a SSL (Secure Socket Layer), then transferring and encrypting it onto a secure server that’s accessible only by registered emergency agencies nationwide.  SSL is a protocol that secures online transactions. SSL uses the public-and-private key encryption system from RSA, which also includes the use of a digital certificate.

NOKR also offers users the ability to print a registration card for lamination.  This registration card can be placed in a student’s backpack, shoe, wallet, purse, passport or anything carried on a regular bases.  For children in daycare, the childcare provider can hold an extra card. Parents also should consider filing a card with the student’s school for ongoing accessibility.

“We urge parents to be proactive in safeguarding their children as they eagerly set off to the new school year,” says Mark Cerney, NOKR President and Founder.  “We designed NOKR with the backing of government officials in all fifty states with the intent of making communications more efficient and putting people’s minds at ease.  If you haven’t registered yourselves or your children you are missing a critical step in the process of emergency preparedness.   Once you’ve registered, you can rest assured you’ve made excellent use of the emergency tools available to safeguard your family.”    

For more information on NOKR’s safety tips for kids, please visit NOKR at www.nokr.org/tips.htm

 About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.  NOKR is now listed on more than 82% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies, including tips for flu pandemic preparedness.  For more information please contact Roger Castro at (800) 915-5413 or visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.

 

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Web Site Lets People Store Next Of Kin Information

Greenville, South Carolina
July 11, 2006

Accidents and disasters happen, often leaving victims incapacitated and unable to provide important information to authorities. Now there is an online registry that can help, WYFF News 4 Meteorologist Sarah Dearman reported. The Next of Kin Registry is a non-profit organization that stores emergency information and is partnering with the American Red Cross. Secure registration is available at nokr.org. There, contact information can be entered along with critical medical information, identifying marks, even photographs. Registration is free and safe, the organization said. Stored information can only be accessed by emergency public-trust agencies that are registered with NOKR. NOKR said that information will not be sold or shared and all transactions are securely completed using encryption. By registering with nokr.org, lifesaving information can be easily accessible to emergency officials. Registration can be completed for yourself as well as your family members.


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Next of Kin Registry Partners with New American Red Cross “Safe and Well Website”
San Diego, California July 06, 2006

NOKR’s Proactive Service Provides Critical Preparedness Component Before a Disaster Strikes


The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), the nation’s only central system serving local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in the event of a personal emergency or national disaster, is partnering with the American Red Cross (ARC) and other service agencies in the launching of ARC’s Safe and Well Website.  NOKR joins ARC in its efforts to provide families with a consistent and uniform tool with which they can share information about their well being with loved ones in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

The Safe and Well Website allows a disaster victim to select and post standard messages for friends and family that indicate the victim is safe and well at a shelter, home or hotel and will make contact when they are able. Those worried about the safety of their family member can access the Safe and Well Website, enter either the name and telephone number or name and complete address of the person in question and view their “safe and well” messages.

NOKR’s national system serves the general public with a critical resource that securely archives emergency contacts.  Public service agencies such as police officers or emergency personnel can be authorized to access the Next of Kin Registry in the event of an emergency situation.  The federally recognized registry is a proactive resource in assisting and educating Americans with disaster and emergency preparation while ARC’s new Website is designed to be an essential part of a Family Communications Plan and to assist in the aftermath of a disaster.

“We are honored to join the American Red Cross as a partner in equipping families with the tools necessary to assist in disaster recuperation,” says Mark Cerney, NOKR President and Founder.  “NOKR’s component is proactive – register yourself and your loved ones before an emergency or disaster hits.  All these efforts combined are critical to making sure that the aftermath of any emergency or national disasters like Hurricane Katrina is avoided in the future.”    

For disaster preparation tips, please visit NOKR at www.nokr.org/tips.htm

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.  NOKR is now listed on more than 82% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies, including tips for flu pandemic preparedness.  For more information please contact Roger Castro at (800) 915-5413 or visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.

 

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Press Release

Source: American Red Cross

Partnerships Help With Communication During Disaster
Saturday July 1, 2006 12:00 pm ET

Federal and Local Agencies Work With American Red Cross to Help Families Communicate

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force many to evacuate neighborhoods and communities and lose contact with friends and family. The American Red Cross, along with many familiar partner agencies, wants to ensure that families have a bevy of resources and options to use in order to communicate in times of disaster.

The overwhelming scope of the 2005 hurricane season challenged the Red Cross to develop innovative ways, such as the use of web-based technology, to help disaster victims communicate with loved ones outside of the disaster area. One month into the 2006 hurricane season, the Red Cross launched the Safe and Well Website to provide families with a tool to exchange welfare information with loved ones and friends in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

The Safe and Well Website, accessible via http://www.redcross.org, allows a disaster victim to select and post standard messages for friends and family that indicate the victim is safe and well at a shelter, home or hotel and will make contact when they are able. Those worried about the safety of their family member can access the Safe and Well Website, enter either the name and telephone number or name and complete address of the person in question and view their "safe and well" messages.

The Red Cross also works closely with several federal and local agencies that provide families with additional options to help with communication during times of emergency:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- The Federal Emergency
    Management Agency provides financial and direct services to those affected
    by a Presidentially declared disaster.  Requirements must be met to
    qualify for help from this program.  http://www.fema.gov
 
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children -- Serves as a
    clearinghouse on issues related to missing and exploited children.
    http://www.ncmec.org
 
    United States Postal Service -- Provides continuing mail service for those
    displaced by disasters through change of address forms. Submitting a
    change of address form through the USPS ensures that mail will be
    redirected to a current address. http://www.usps.gov
 
    National Next of Kin Registry -- An organization where the public can
    archive emergency point of contact information.  Emergency agencies access
    the system when there is a need to locate next of kin in urgent
    situations.  http://www.nokr.org
 
    Community Voice Mail -- Provides free personalized phone number with
    voicemail to people in crisis and transition for job search, housing,
    healthcare and family contact. Current service in 38 cities via a network
    of 2,000+ social service agencies. Also provides voicemail service to
    those victims of a disaster that may be displaced from their homes and
    without a telephone. http://www.cvm.org
 
    Contact Loved Ones -- Provides a free voice message service, accessible
    from any phone, to reestablish contact between those affected by a
    disaster and their loved ones and friends. http://www.contactlovedones.org

Preparing for a disaster, such as a hurricane, ahead of time can help alleviate the stress you may face during the storm, and ease the burden on your family and loved ones. For more information regarding how individuals and families can prepare for disasters visit http://www.redcross.org or contact your local Red Cross chapter.

The American Red Cross has helped people mobilize to help their neighbors for 125 years. Last year, victims of a record 72,883 disasters, most of them fires, turned to the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross for help and hope. Through more than 800 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people each year gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Almost 4 million people give blood -- the gift of life -- through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of more than 180 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.


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Next of Kin Registry’s Disaster Preparedness Tips Prove Crucial as Hurricane Season Approaches

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 24, 2006) – The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), the nation’s only central system serving local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in the event of a disaster, is disseminating to the general public its 10 Disaster Preparedness Tips to better assist Gulf Coast residents in protecting themselves and their loved ones prior to a hurricane emergency.  The Next of Kin Registry served as a critical resource during Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and continues its mission to better safeguard Americans, most recently leading preparedness efforts at the 2006 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla. 

Federally recognized as the only centralized registry, NOKR is asking the general public to register themselves and their loved ones at the NOKR. The nonprofit organization’s Next of Kin Registry is a high-speed solution designed to locate your emergency points of contact in urgent situations when an individual 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.

“We have learned from previous disasters the chaos that can compound tragedy and we are working diligently to ensure all Americans use the resources that are available to them, such as NOKR,” says Mark Cerney, NOKR’s founder.

To access NOKR’s 10 Disaster Preparedness Tips, please visit: http://nokr.org/tips.htm

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-partisan; non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. Established in January 2004, NOKR’s partners include ARC and FEMA. NOKR is now listed on more than 75% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies.  For more information please visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.


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May 18, 2006
Tampa, Florida
By Glenn Selig
Reporter, WTVT, FOX13

National Next of Kin Registry
How prepared is your family for a devastating hurricane?
A web site has been created to help connect missing loved ones after a disaster.
But it requires your participation.
The National Next of Kin Registry is a database that's designed to connect families in the event of an emergency and help agencies locate your emergency contact during and after major disasters.
The purpose is to avoid another post-Katrina type nightmare of loved ones being disconnected from one another for days or weeks.
The information is encrypted and only available to emergency public agencies.
It's a free service and serves as a central record for local and state agencies.
The website is listed on all state websites.


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By interactive DAD Magazine
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

National Emergency Database Connects Missing Loved Ones After Disaster

Many people believe that if they are carrying a driver's license or identification card, authorities will know who their emergency contact is in case someone is missing, injured or deceased. Not so say...

(iDAD) -- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina thousands of families posted notes for loved ones on a hodgepodge of Web sites, ranging from news agencies’ Web sites to makeshift temporary Web sites. 

And still today, many people believe that if they are carrying a driver's license or identification card, authorities will know who their emergency contact is in case someone is missing, injured or deceased.

Often times though, the information is not current or readily available and it becomes very difficult to locate next of kin.

“We are alarmed and concerned that people may be losing the sense of urgency to be prepared for disasters proactively,” says Mark Cerney, founder of the National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR).  “That includes getting their families’ and loved ones’ contact information secured for easy and quick access.”

Next of Kin Registry:  Connecting Missing Loved Ones

NOKR is a database that is designed to connect families in the event of an emergency and help agencies locate your emergency contact during and after major disasters, accidents and death. 

 

The purpose is to avoid another post-Katrina type nightmare of loved ones being disconnected from one another for days or weeks.

 

The way the Next of Kin Registry works is an individual from anywhere around the world can sign up and list their emergency points of contact.  Each registration is date stamped and is sent encrypted to a secure area on a separate server once the users press the register button. This information is not located on the same site users register at and is only available to registered emergency public trust agencies. 

 

The registry is a free service to the public and serves as a central record for local and state agencies that often need to notify a victim’s family due to an emergency situation.  Carrying a driver's license or credit card is not sufficient to assist emergency personnel in the rapid location and notification of an individual’s designated contact.

 

Next of Kin Registry Gets Government, Organizational Backing

 

NOKR is listed on more than 75 percent of all state websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies. During the Asian Tsunami and earthquake NOKR was listed on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the USA as a Non Government Organization (NGO) supporting relief efforts.

 

“I’m a law enforcement officer first and an NOKR Volunteer second. I am highly skeptical of any service that collects intrusive information like a social security number or date of birth. NOKR does neither, they only collect emergency point of contact information,”  says Johnny Keene NOKR’s Executive Assistant Director.

 

NOKR can also be found on many government websites like DisasterHelp.gov which is intended to reach five overlapping audiences; local, state, tribal governments, individual citizens, private sector businesses, non-government organizations and federal agencies.   

 

NOKR now has volunteers in 46 states and 72 countries, including Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, China, Indonesia, India, Russia and the United Kingdom.  

 

NOKR is encouraging families to register. 

 

Make it a family project, a fun thing to do when the family gathers for a senior member’s birthday or for a Sunday dinner.  Take a few minutes and safe guard the family it will be the most valuable piece of mind you’ll every have, I know this after talking with the Katrina victim families” says Cerney. 

 

“With hurricane season fast approaching our nation must face the critical need of improved disaster preparedness.”

Article Reviews
Avg. User Rating
Billy - 2006/05/17
Very cool, great tool!
Scott Richards Melbourne, Australia - 2006/05/17
They took a simple problem and went outside the box. Way 2 go.
Anonymous - 2006/05/17
I wish I could give them money; instead I’ve just registered to be a volunteer with them called an ECV at NOKR. ECV’s will help those who wish to register their emergency point of contact information in the NOKR system but are unable to because they don't have access to a computer or they live in a remote area.
Devon Diamond, London England - 2006/05/17
I first heard of this company during the CNN Larry King show after the Hurricanes in the Gulf States. I was not clear on what they do, until I went to their site today and registered. I also thought it was just for disasters and that’s not true they help during any emergency. Great system people, this is a good and productive way to use the internet for the good of mankind.
Sonya Perkins, Canada - 2006/05/17
Very well done.
Mary Jane Cobb - 2006/05/17
This idea is fantastic and brilliant!
Steven Fitsgerald - 2006/05/17
Thank you Interactive DAD for telling me about this free service it will come in very useful for my family and my older family members.
Ken Folsom - 2006/05/17
We need this organization more than we know in this day in age. I'm my kids dad and I find it to be my lifes duty to protect them any way I can. Now I've got them registered with this fine organization I can rest easy.
Lonny Anderson - 2006/05/17
This is a long over due service 6 Stars to this organization. It's so sad that the government never came up with this, where do our tax dollars go? Any way I'm glad to have this registry I've registered all of my 50 plus family members and I've informed my co-works at Amtrak. I found the process to be very simple and quick. Do it for your family, it was free..Thank you!!!!!

 


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Next of Kin Registry Issues Bird Flu Tip Sheet  

Free Service Increases Emergency Preparedness 

For Immediate Release
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (May 8, 2006) –
The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), the nation’s only central database serving local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in the event of a disaster, is issuing a Bird Flu Tip Sheet as part of its ongoing campaign to better prepare Americans for any possible emergency or disaster. 

NOKR’s Bird Flu Tip Sheet walks you through registering with national registry and provides 10 Quick Preparedness Tips.  NOKR’s national registry would be critical in the event of a bird flu pandemic, which could spread to millions, if it becomes transmittable human-to-human.  Already, NOKR’s free service has assisted Americans during and after recent hurricanes as well as in the event of daily emergency situations such as car accidents. 

NOKR’s Bird Flu Tip sheet follows on the heels of ABC’s "Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America". 

“Our efforts to better prepare Americans for a pandemic, such as the bird flu, are aimed at giving them the tools to protect themselves and their loved ones,” says Mark Cerney President and Founder.  “We do not want alarm anyone, simply better prepare them.  Allowing people to list their emergency contacts is a simple safety measure few can know the value of until they are in such a situation.  We hope Americans will use this nationally recognized safety service to become better prepared in the face of any emergency.”

To view NOKR’s Bird Flu Tip Sheet, please visit: http://nokr.org/flu.htm.

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-partisan; non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.  NOKR is now listed on more than 75% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies.  For more information please contact Roger Castro at (800) 915-5413 or visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.


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Next of Kin Registry Raises Emergency Contact Notification Awareness at Orlando’s 28th Annual National Hurricane Conference

 Nationally Recognized Registry Sets Goal of Registering All Americans

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 12, 2006) – The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), the nation’s only central system serving local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in the event of a disaster, has been invited to speak at the National Hurricane Conference being held this week at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.  Mark Cerney, President for the Next of Kin Registry, will discuss on Wednesday, April 12th, the critical component registering emergency contacts is for Americans nationwide.   

Mr. Cerney will join representatives from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and other agencies in the Sheltering/Mass Care session, to be held in Salon 7/8.   

“The Next of Kin Registry is honored to join such a strong team of agencies at the annual National Hurricane Conference,” says Mark Cerney.  “With hurricane season fast approaching, our nation must face the critical need of improved disaster preparedness – and we anticipate assisting in this process as we raise awareness of our very vital service.”

In addition to participating in the National Hurricane Conference, the Next of Kin Registry will be reaching out to 266 cities nationwide in 2006 as part of its Reach out to America Campaign. 

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-partisan; non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.  NOKR is now listed on more than 75% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies.  For more information please contact Mark Cerney at (800) 915-5413 or visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.


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 Nation’s Emergency Contact System Partners
with University of California San Diego’s Supercomputer Center

NOKR Poised for Exponential Growth with Top IT Technology

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 5, 2006) – The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), the nation’s only central database serving local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in the event of a disaster, has partnered with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), an organized research unit located on the University of California, San Diego campus. The new partnership brings the Next of Kin Registry enhanced storage capacity to meet the needs of its growing national registry. 

NOKR will have access to a number of San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) renowned research and production resources, which include:

  • High-performance hardware, software and expertise
  • Comprehensive data environment which incorporates
    • Data hosting, managing, publishing, and data analysis
    • High-performance database application tuning, porting and optimization
    • Security and intrusion detection

“We are honored to be working with one of the nation’s forerunners in information technology,” says Mark Cerney, NOKR’s founder.  “This partnership will open the door for the exponential growth we plan to see in 2006, giving us the ability to make more Americans safer.”

SDSC is delighted to help facilitate the vital services that the Next of Kin Registry provides to Americans,” said Natasha Balac, head of Data Central at SDSC.   “Being able to give someone peace of mind during a tragedy is an honor and we feel privileged that the Next of Kin registry chose SDSC as the home for this crucial information database.”

The way the Next of Kin Registry works is an individual from anywhere around the world can sign up and list their emergency points of contact.  Each registration is date stamped and is sent encrypted to a secure area on a separate server once the users press the register button. This information is not located on the same site users register at and is only available to registered emergency public trust agencies.

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-partisan; non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.  NOKR is now listed on more than 75% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies.  For more information please contact Mark Cerney at (800) 915-5413 or visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.
 

About SDSC

For more than two decades, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has enabled ground-breaking science and engineering discoveries through advances in computational science and high performance computing.  A key resource to academia and industry, SDSC provides leadership in Data Cyberinfrastructure, particularly with respect to data curation, management and preservation, data-oriented high-performance computing, and Cyberinfrastructure-enabled science and engineering. SDSC is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego and one of the founding sites of NSF’s TeraGrid. For more information, see www.sdsc.edu.

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January 30, 2006
 

Alarming Concern After Katrina 

NOKR Warns Americans Unprepared for Disaster   

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan 30, 2006) -- Months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ripped through the Gulf Coast, the National Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) is responding to a slow down in the numbers of registrants at the organization’s free website www.nokr.org which is designed to help agencies locate your emergency contact during and after major disasters, accidents and death. 

“We are alarmed and concerned that people may be losing the sense of urgency to be prepared for disasters proactively,” says Mark Cerney, NOKR’s founder.  “That includes getting their families’ and loved ones’ contact information secured for easy and quick access at a place like NOKR.”

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina thousands of families posted notes for loved ones on a hodgepodge of Web sites, ranging from news agencies’ Web sites to makeshift temporary Web sites.  The Next of Kin Registry is the only international registry that continuously collects and securely stores individual’s emergency contact information.  The registry is a free service to the public and serves as a central record for local and state agencies that often need to notify a victim’s family due to an emergency situation.  Carrying a driver's license or credit card is not sufficient to assist emergency personnel in the rapid location and notification of an individual’s designated contact.  Currently NOKR is listed on more than 75 percent of all state websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies. During the Asian Tsunami and earthquake NOKR was listed on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the USA as a Non Government Organization (NGO) supporting relief efforts. 

The way the Next of Kin Registry works is an individual from anywhere around the world can sign up and list their emergency points of contact.  Each registration is date stamped and is sent encrypted to a secure area on a separate server once the users press the register button. This information is not located on the same site users register at and is only available to registered emergency public trust agencies. 

Johnny Keene NOKR’s Executive Assistant Director said, “I’m a law enforcement officer first and an NOKR Volunteer second. I am highly skeptical of any service that collects intrusive information like a social security number or date of birth. NOKR does neither, they only collect emergency point of contact information.”  

NOKR can also be found on many government websites like DisasterHelp.Gov which is intended to reach five overlapping audiences; local, state, tribal governments, individual citizens, private sector businesses, non-government organizations and federal agencies.   

After Hurricane Katrina, NOKR was featured on CNN’s Larry King Live as part of a three hour Katrina special and reported on many other media channels like USA Today, Fox News and CNBC.  

NOKR now has volunteers in forty-six states and seventy-two countries, some of which include; Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, China, Indonesia, India, Russia and the United Kingdom.  

NOKR is encouraging families to register before Valentine’s Day.  “Make it a family project, a fun thing to do when the family gathers for a senior member’s birthday or for a Sunday dinner.  Take a few minutes and safe guard the family it will be the most valuable piece of mind you’ll every have, I know this after talking with the Katrina victim families” says Cerney. 

NOKR plans to register an additional 50 million people this year as part of a 50 state, 266 city grassroots campaign called Reach Out to America (ROTA) with corporate, city and county support.   

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to enhancing public safety.  NOKR was established in January 2004. 


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