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10 25 2007 California County Wildfires "Reconnecting Families and Individuals"  (Media Advisory)
10 21 2007 Emergency registry reconnects families after disaster
08 03 2007 Bridge Collapse Resources and Links
06 01 2007 Project HOPE to Increase Hurricane Preparedness for Millions
05 10 2007 Web sites help people in times of disaster
05 07 2007 Next of Kin Registry Offers Vital Resource in Wake of Tornado Disaster
04 24 2007 Website allows you to contact relatives in an emergency
04 17 2007 NOKR Urges Registration on Registry in Wake of National Tragedy (Media Advisory)
04 03 2007 FEMA CONSULTS WITH THE NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY (NOKR) ON HOW TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL EMERGENCY LOCATOR SYSTEM
02 05 2007 NOKR Urges Registration on National Registry in Wake of Tornado Recovery
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NOKR~Media Advisory~



 NOKR Public Advisory
For Immediate Release:

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Southern California USA


California County Wildfires "Reconnecting Families and Individuals"

NOKR is asking the public and the media to visit the following websites, the American Red Cross www.Redcross.org and if you’re a disaster victim (Safe and Well), you can also search to see if your family is safe at this site.

If your family member is not listed and missing please register at the Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) www.NOKR.org please also register the rest of your family for daily emergencies or national disasters such as this Firestorm. We do know that these events will happen daily; you'lll be better prepared by registering with NOKR today as a proactive measure today.

NOKR contact information will be passed on to area emergency officials responding to this disaster.

Mark Cerney NOKR’s President and founder said, ”this is California’s Katrina and we need to collaborate our synergy in all areas. My family, friends and volunteers have been personally affected by this disaster in San Diego and displaced, we are proud to be partnering with the American Red Cross for Family reunification.”

The NOKR organization has initiated contact with the San Diego County Office of Emergency Service and FEMA Region 9 to offer any assistance possible to help reunify individuals and families displaced by these tragic fires.

State of California Listed on the States Home Page
Information About (Living in California)
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http://ca.gov

National Next of Kin Registry
http://www.ca.gov/HomeFamily/Safety/Emergencies.html

US Governments Portal USA.gov (Under Family Services)
http://www.usa.gov/Government/State_Local/Health.shtml

Next of Kin National Registry

About NOKR:

The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters. NOKR is an emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased. NOKR provides the public a free proactive service to store emergency contacts, next of kin and vital medical information that would be critical to emergency response agencies. Stored information is only accessible via a secure area that is only accessible by emergency public trust agencies that have registered with NOKR.

NOKR encourages every township, county, municipality, city, state and nation to take ownership of the NOKR. This resource belongs to you, your citizens and to your emergency agencies. Take the NOKR registration forms and add your own identifying symbols.

NOKR is a humanitarian organization. As part of our mission to society NOKR has created a trusted safeguarding system for all personal emergency contacts worldwide. NOKR does not own the information we store, this information belongs to the registrants and is made available securely to registered emergency agencies during times of urgent need.

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.


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Medill Reports Washington DC


Emergency registry reconnects families after disaster

by Tiffany Teasley
Oct 21, 2007

WASHINGTON -- When disaster strikes, people are desperate to find loved-ones and account for their safety, but the chaos and confusion can create feelings of helplessness. That’s how Randolph Fazande, 59, felt two years ago after losing his parents in Hurricane Katrina.

“I think there’s something like 200 remains still unclaimed. I didn’t want my parents to be in none of that,” Fazande said.

Fazande knew his 78-year-old parents had died in the attic of their home, but he couldn’t recover their remains until he called the Next of Kin Registry, a non-profit organization and free emergency contact system that helps families reconnect during disasters.

After registering his parents in September 2005, Fazande was able to recover their remains by December. He says the registry put him in contact with local officials and kept him updated on search and rescue efforts.

“The Next of Kin Registry helped me to find my parent remains,” Fazande said. “They really were concerned and they still are.”

Founder of NOKR, Mark Cerney says nearly 1500 people register per month, but urges people to register before emergency situations occur. To register yourself or a loved-one for NOKR you can visit, pleasenotifyme.org.

 


 

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Bridge Collapse Resources
and Links


Published Friday, August 03, 2007


People who have a family member or friend missing in the Interstate 35 bridge collapse have a couple of options for learning about their loved ones.

They can call the family assistance center established near the disaster site at (612) 333-4646.

They can register with the Next of Kin Registry at nokr.org or by phone at (800) 915-5413.

People who want to register themselves as safe and well can go to the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site at disastersafe.redcross.org. Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as safe.


 

Project HOPE to Increase Hurricane Preparedness for Millions   

NOKR’s Campaign Vital for Safeguarding Families

Washington D.C.,  (June 1, 2007) – 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 issuing a Hurricane Tip Sheet as part of its Hurricane campaign, Hurricane Operation Preparedness for Everyone (HOPE), with the goal of registering a minimum 10% of the population in vulnerable states.

NOKR’s volunteers will be doubling efforts to have the general public register their emergency contacts on NOKR’s federally recognized system.  That information serves as a much needed communication point for public safety agencies who often struggle to track people and assist displaced individuals in the aftermath of disasters when traditional forms of communication and documentation often experience a breakdown.  NOKR’s Project HOPE also includes distributing a Hurricane Tip Sheet to serve as a quick reference guide for the general public to make hurricane preparedness part of their lives during hurricane season.       

“We are taking the invaluable lessons learned from recent natural disasters and are working to help Americans better prepare for the future,” says Mark Cerney, NOKR President and Founder.  “Take the few minutes to prepare today.  They will prove to be the best spent minutes of your day in making your family safer.”

Hurricane Preparedness: 10 Quick Tips

  • Register today at NOKR and print the optional registration card, laminate it and keep this card with your driver’s license, identification card or passport.  For children place a card on file at school or attach the card to a backpack.
  • List an instate and out of state point of contact for you or your family, example (Brother, Sister, Mother, Father, Best Friend, Neighbor, Attorney, ect.)  Make sure this information is updated.
  • Write out any medical concerns or allergies to medications and establish, in writing your medical next of kin: the person who can make decisions for you when you cannot.
  • Always keep an update photograph of your children in your purse or wallet; this can be used if your child is missing.
  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and at least a three-day supply of water per person, (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation)
  • Assemble a first aid kit with bandages and antiseptic wipes.
  • Keep non-prescription drugs easily accessible and properly labeled. 
  • Stock up on flashlights, a battery operated radio, extra batteries and other essential tools such as a pocketknife can opener, etc.
  • Keep accessible important contact information such as phone numbers and addresses to local shelters, police stations, hospitals and your Red Cross local chapter.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or place of business to areas that are safe from high winds or flooding.

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a humanitarian 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 90% of all State websites, the American Red Cross, Homeland Security Disasterhelp.gov, USA.gov and other federal agencies, as a critical resource for daily emergencies.  For more information please contact Harrison Heublein at (951) 809-3031 or visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.


 

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Web sites help people in times of disaster


Web sites work to help people in times of disaster


By Taylor Atkins
The Topeka Capital-Journal

Published Thursday, May 10, 2007
Melody Duncan expected a few phone calls from family members on Monday for her 24th wedding anniversary.

She didn't expect to be calling family herself from a borrowed cell phone in an emergency shelter for victims of flooding.

"It could be worse," Duncan said, optimistic despite being forced to evacuate her Shunga Park home early Monday morning because of rising floodwaters. "Nobody lost their life."

Word of the floods reached Duncan's family members as Kansas made national headlines this week because of the powerful storm system that moved through the region. The fact that Duncan and her husband, Jim, were safe wasn't as easily communicated.

It's a common problem during times of crisis — the only communication members of the public receive is through the media. With phone lines down and cell phone service interrupted, peace of mind is more difficult to come by.

But in light of recent natural disasters and national tragedies, Web sites are stepping up to become the bearers of bad or good news.

Next of kin

The Next of Kin Registry is one such site. The nonprofit organization serves as a tool for law enforcement and emergency management officials. Its purpose is to be a database for emergency contacts.

"In the event of a disaster, law enforcement can log into the database and be able to contact the family members of victims," said Johnny Keene, executive vice president of the Next of Kin Registry. "We're here for peace of mind."

Keene said the registry, which started three years ago, also plays a key role in situations when houses are completely destroyed, such as the Greensburg tornado Friday. Survivors often abandon the wreckage and stay with family members. Officials can use the registry to know who lived at a certain address, what family they may be staying with or if they are still unaccounted for.

Forty states use the registry as part of their emergency management protocols, but Keene said the public needs to take the initiative to register. About 14 million people are in the site's database, which sees an increase in registration after large-scale disasters.

"The problem is we, as Americans, become complacent," Keene said. "When the sky is clear and the birds are chirping, we think everything is fine. It's only after something happens like a disaster or a terrorist attack that we emphasize being prepared."


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross features a Web site similar to the Next of Kin registry. Instead of signing up in times of peace, victims of tragedy can list their condition and new contact information after the fact on the Red Cross' Safe and Well database.

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Jeff Cooper / The Associated Press

Water surrounds a farm near New Cambria on Monday.

CHARLIE RIEDEL / The Associated Press

Lee Dawson's doughnut shop in Greensburg was destroyed Friday.

"It's for reuniting people," said Dana Wethington, chief executive officer of the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. "People can tell loved ones that they are OK."

Wethington said she didn't know if any Shawnee County residents registered on Safe and Well after Monday's flooding, but it was available to them. On Monday, 28 people across the country listed themselves on the database as safe. Since March 12, more than 1,000 people have logged in to list their status.

As with the Next of Kin Registry, Wethington said she hopes more people will learn about the Red Cross site. The registry and the database can be accessed for free via the Internet and by phone. And following large-scale events, such as Hurricane Katrina, employees of the two organizations go to shelters to register survivors.

Duncan said that after evacuating her flooded home, registering would have been an ideal form of communication. Instead, the Topeka native called her sister in St. Louis and relied on her to pass on the information.

"I didn't know there was something like a database," Duncan said. "It seems like that would be a lot easier. I know my family wouldn't worry."

Taylor Atkins can be reached at (785)295-1187 or taylor.atkins@cjonline.com.


 

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Next of Kin Registry Offers Vital Resource in Wake of Tornado Disaster
NOKR Working to Assist Displaced Residents Contact Friends and Family

Washington D.C., May 7, 2007 – The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) is urging the general public to be proactive in registering themselves and their loved ones in expectation of continued tornadoes across the Central Plains.  The national database, www.nokr.org, serves as the nation’s only central communications system and is designed to assist local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in the wake of natural disasters such as the tornadoes that ripped through the Central Plains this past weekend, leaving 10 people dead and destroying 95 percent of Greensburg, Kansas. 

Displaced Greensburg residents have been taken to shelters in schools and other facilities in nearby towns – with concerned family members nationwide lacking the means with which to track them.  NOKR exists for the express purpose of facilitating communications by making its securely archived registrants available to authorized public service agencies such as law enforcement or emergency personnel.  The registry is free to the general public.

“We are doing everything we can to assist communication efforts, ” says Mark Cerney, NOKR President and Founder.  “We cannot emphasize enough to Americans nationwide the importance of registering themselves and their loved ones via our free service to enable an efficient location and contact of family and friends.  The goal is to regain contact with loved ones for medical purposes and to minimize emotional trauma.”   

In addition to urging all Central Plains residents to register themselves and their families, NOKR is asking anyone that may have a missing or potentially injured family member due to the rash of tornadoes in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Illinois or South Dakota to register this person with the Next of Kin Registry: www.nokr.org.   

About NOKR

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a humanitarian 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 90% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies, including tips for flu pandemic preparedness.  For more information please contact Harrison Heublein at (800) 915-5413 or visit NOKR’s website at www.nokr.org.

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Website allows you to contact relatives in an emergency
April 24, 2007

VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING

Reporting from Roanoke, Virginia
WorldNow and WDBJ7

 

VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTING Reporting from Roanoke, Virginia WorldNow and WDBJ7

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  When tragedy strikes, many are left wondering if their loved ones are okay. 

After a tragic event, it can take hours before anyone is notified.  But one website hopes to end that lengthy wait.  Next of Kin Registry is a free website that allows you to register who you would like contacted in the event of an emergency. 

It proved useful during Hurricane Katrina.  Close to 500 people were located in seven to ten days though the website.  It is also useful for agencies like the Red Cross.  The website's data was opened up to Virginia Tech police. 

The organization is now working with states to soon have stickers on every drivers license across the country.  It would identify those who are registered in the NOKR database.


 

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NOKR Urges Registration on Registry in Wake of National Tragedy

NOKR Communications Resource is Vital in Assisting the Injured, Connecting Loved Ones

Washington D.C., April 17, 2007 – The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR), a national system designed to assist local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in devastating tragedies, is working diligently with the Virginia Tech Police Department to provide emergency personnel with access to registrants’ emergency contact information during the aftermath of this tragic massacre. NOKR is also urgently reminding the general public to register themselves and their loved ones on the free site. 

Giving officials and medical personnel a resource with which to contact family, friends and relatives in the aftermath of a emergency such as the massacre is vital to assisting both the injured and those in search of their loved ones’ whereabouts.  By giving emergency personnel fast and efficient access to an individual’s emergency contacts, rescue personnel can rapidly obtain medical histories critical to saving lives.  Registration can also aid families whose loved ones were tragically harmed, as not knowing their fate only compounds the catastrophe.  

“Our nation is devastated, our families are devastated.  We send our prayers out to the families struck by this horrible and violent act and hope that our resources can assist the Virginia Tech Police Department in their communication efforts, ” says Mark Cerney, NOKR President and Founder.  “We urge Americans nationwide to register themselves and their loved ones.”     

The Next of Kin Registry, the only registry of its kind worldwide and has served as a critical resource during hurricane, tornado and tsunami recovery efforts.  NOKR continues its mission to better safeguard Americans via its secure database.  With more than seven million registrants, NOKR secures its information via secure socket layer (SSL) to the NOKR registry at a separate secure location within the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).  This secured location is user name and password protected, made accessible only to approved law enforcement and emergency personnel. 

To register, or for more information, please visit www.nokr.org.

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 88% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies, including tips for flu pandemic preparedness.  For more information please contact Harrison Heublein, Chief Operations Officer, at 1-800-915-5413.

 

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2007 National Hurricane Conference 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

FEMA CONSULTS WITH THE NEXT OF KIN REGISTRY (NOKR)
ON HOW TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL EMERGENCY LOCATOR SYSTEM

(HR5441, SEC. 689c.)
 

New Locator System Vital for Improving Communication in Disasters



April 3, 2007
New Orleans, LA

Following the Hurricane Katrina Disaster of 2005, Congress mandated that a national emergency family registry and locator system should be created under the Department of Homeland Security to allow people displaced by an emergency or major disaster to reach out to family members.  The system would have to be established by April 4, 2007 in accordance with the law.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has consulted with the Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) regarding lessons learned post Hurricane Katrina and NOKR’s answer to HR5441, SEC. 689c. 

NOKR’s system offers a mechanism for voluntary registration of displaced people over the Internet or by phone, and complies with all laws in place to protect individual privacy. 

NOKR’s disaster response service will be available to the general public and is called the National Emergency Locator System (NELS). 

As of April 1, 2007 NOKR has established NELS.  

Here’s how NELS will work: In a time of disaster, the general public will be able to dial into a toll free check-in number to check for updates on a family member’s whereabouts.  The service is currently established online and NOKR will be developing enhancements over the next few months to better serve the public and register emergency agencies. 

The NELS is and opt in only service that could be used by both victims that have registered with the “Safe and Well Website” site at the American Red Cross and that have left the shelters areas and to those self-evacuating. The NELS would also be available to families and friends inquiring about the safety of their loved ones. 

During non-disaster times the NOKR’s existing national registry would continue to store daily emergency contact information registered by the public and searchable by registered emergency agencies.  

NOKR’s NELS service options include: 

  • The ability for a disaster victim to register a message via NOKR’s toll free number and select up to 6 people to receive a recorded or an online viewable message.
     
  • The system would also provide the option for the registered victim to add a phone number for each contact along with an email, as the system will attempt to establish contact with those members selected by the victim until contact is made.
     
  • The system will provide a user name and password for each victim so that they can continually update their status to family and friends.
     
  • The system will allow family and friends to also make inquiries to the system about the status of a potential victim, each inquiry would be subject to a secure validation process.  This means if you were not a listed contact by the victim you would not be able to receive information regarding this person.

NOKR will also provide 3 NELS Internet bulletin boards: 

  • NELS Public bulletin board
    A real time update and bulletin board of progress regarding the disaster response, which will be viewable by the public. This board will also allow volunteers to join and allow the public or corporations to offer assistance and support to NOKR’s response along with our partners.
     
  • NELS Secured bulletin board system for agencies communication
    NOKR has establish a secured disaster bulletin board featuring an agency input section where registered nonprofits and government identities supporting the disaster can add public information viewable on the open public board, downloadable forms and/or request public support for volunteer services, and goods or funding needs in response to the disaster. The system will also add a public sign up area so that the communities can receive alerts via e-mail and over their cellular or home phones. This board would share updates, communication system issues and any other critical issues in real time. The agencies secured bulletin board would be available also in non-disaster times as an additional communication and training tool.
     
  • NELS Secured bulletin board system for volunteer communication
    NOKR has established a secured volunteer access only bulletin board used for training and updates including critical issues in real time.

NOKR’s NELS would be activated before and following a major disaster or a catastrophic event. The system will be accessible through NOKR's website and through a toll-free number.  

About NOKR:
The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters. NOKR is an emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased. NOKR provides the public a free proactive service to store emergency contacts, next of kin and vital medical information that would be critical to emergency response agencies. Stored information is only accessible via a secure area that is only accessible by emergency public trust agencies that have registered with NOKR.

The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004 as a public service for daily emergency situations.

 

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NOKR Urges Registration on National Registry in Wake of
Tornado Recovery

Next of Kin Registry Offers Resources to Improve Communication with Loved Ones

Washington D.C., February 5, 2007 – The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) would like to remind the general public of its vital resource, a national database that serves as the nation’s only central system and is designed to assist local and state agencies to access victims’ emergency contacts in devastating natural disasters such as the Florida tornadoes.  The aftermath and confusion following the tornados that struck central Florida communities in the middle of the night have left thousands without knowledge of their loved ones’ whereabouts.  While we cannot control – and many times cannot predict – natural disasters, it is imperative that Americans use the very critical resources built to assist them in times of tragedy, such as is NOKR.   

NOKR is urging the general public to register themselves and their loved ones on NOKR.  Many tornado victims are reporting complete devastation with even their personal identification being lost; making communication with loved ones impossible.  This is especially critical of an area that is home to thousands of retirees.  NOKR volunteers in Florida are working to assist the displaced through the national registry.  The registry is free to the general public and allows individuals to securely archive emergency contacts in a simple, and speedy format that takes less than two minutes.  Public service agencies such as law enforcement or emergency personnel can be authorized to access the NOKR in an event such as the Florida tornadoes.  

“We send our prayers out to the families struck by these ferocious tornadoes and will do everything we can to assist communication efforts, ” says Mark Cerney, NOKR President and Founder.  “We urge Americans nationwide to register themselves and their loved ones via our free service to enable an efficient location and contact of family and friends.  The goal is to avoid a devastating aftermath and to resume normalcy as quickly as possible.”   

NOKR also is encouraging victims of the current Florida disaster to register that you are safe with NOKR’s service partner the American Red Cross Disaster Safe Site at: https://disastersafe.redcross.org.

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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