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07 26 2013 Missing 2 Months and 5 Days, Family Offers $5,000.00 Reward
07 25 2013 Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) Announces Addition to Executive Board
04 18 2013 Tragic Week for Next of Kin notification's in Boston bombing and West, Texas Explosion
10 29 2012 Catastrophic Hurricane Sandy Could Be Comparative In Its Devastation To Hurricane Katrina. Prepare!
07 20 2012 NOKR Registry utilized in Arapahoe Co., Colorado to assist families of victims in tragic shooting
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08 23 2011 5.9 Earthquake hits Eastern Seaboard NOKR Poised to Assist Efforts
04 23 2011 NOKR stands ready to assist families affected by the tornado activity in the Southern US
03 11 2011 Massive quake, tsunami slams Japan List Your Emergency Contacts find Family
01 18 2010 'Next of Kin Registry' helping victims, rescue workers in Haiti
01 15 2010
Next of Kin Registry could be vital tool in medical emergency
01 13 2010 Haiti Earthquake Locating and Reunifying Family (Media Advisory)
09 30 2009 NOKR ASSISTING SAMOA GOVERNMENT AND VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI (Media Advisory)
09 29 2009 SAMOA TSUNAMI LOCATING AND REUNIFYING FAMILY
09 22 2009 GEORGIA FLOODING VICTIMS COULD BENEFIT FROM EMERGENCY CONTACT REGISTRY
08 30 2009 CALIFORNIA FIRE LOCATING EMERGENCY CONTACTS
04 27 2009 SWINE FLU VIRUS IS YOUR FAMILY PROTECTED
02 09 2009 AUSTRALIA WILD FIRES "RECONNECTING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS"
01 09 2009 NATIONAL EMERGENCY CONTACT REGISTRY URGING FLOOD VICTIMS TO REGISTER IN WASHINGTON STATE
08 29 2008 HURRICANE GUSTAV PLAN FOR THE WORST WITH NOKR (Media Advisory)
07 29 2008

NOKR Urges Registration on Registry in Wake of Los Angeles Earthquake

07 29 2008 NOKR EXPANDS ITS MISSION TO HELP FIND OUR NATIONS MISSING
05 13 2008
China quake prompts local efforts to help out  
05 13 2008
Establish A Specific Meeting Place
05 01 2008 Death notifications a daunting task for police
   
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HURRICANE GUSTAV PLAN FOR THE WORST WITH NOKR

NOKR Public Advisory
For Immediate release:
Friday, August 29, 2008
Washington, DC USA

The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) America’s central repository for Emergency Contact information is highly encouraging families and those with special needs to register their loved ones and friends who may be exposed to this potentially dangerous hurricane.

Three years ago NOKR was a beneficial resource for emergency agencies, thousands of families and individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  NOKR is also encouraging the media to help broadcast this resource to those who may be in the path of Gustav.

Registering with NOKR takes only a few minutes to store those who should be listed as your emergency point of contact for urgent situations.  NOKR is Fast, Free and Secure.

The Next of Kin Registry can be found on the potential harm zone States, US Government and the American Red Cross sites.

State of Texas
http://www.texasonline.com/portal/tol/en/gov/11/11

State of Louisiana
http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/page.asp?ID=145&Detail=5148

State of Mississippi
http://www.mississippi.gov/ms_sub_template.jsp?Category_ID=5

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Family_Issues.shtml

American Red Cross
https://disastersafe.redcross.org/ServicePartners.aspx

NOKR’s President Mark Cerney said “ As we head into Labor Day weekend I recall NOKR’s efforts post Katrina, what we have learned is that preparedness is a must do. We would like to ask individuals and families to take 15 minutes and go online to protect the ones you love and yourself for the unforeseen”. Make registering with NOKR a family event as you safeguard who you would like to be notified during any emergency.  For travelers, those on vacations or at a temporary residence they can register temporary information and set an expiration date.

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

About NOKR

The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters. NOKR is your emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased.

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 92% 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 Mark Cerney at (202) 730-9764 or visit NOKR's website at www.nokr.org


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NOKR Urges Registration on Registry in Wake of Los Angeles Earthquake

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

NOKR Public Advisory

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
San Diego, California USA


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 urging preparedness in California. NOKR is also urgently reminding the general public to register themselves and their loved ones in the free system.  The emergency contact registry can be found on the California State website www.ca.gov listed under (Living in CA) Next of Kin.

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

Giving officials and medical personnel a resource with which to contact family, friends and relatives in the aftermath of any emergency such as an earthquake 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.  

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

About NOKR

The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters. NOKR is your emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased.

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 92% 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 Mark Cerney at (202) 730-9764 or visit NOKR's website at www.nokr.org


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NOKR EXPANDS ITS MISSION TO HELP FIND OUR NATIONS MISSING

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
San Diego, California USA

NOKR has partnered with the National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) to become a force multiplier in locating adults missing in the United States.

According to the (NCMA) an astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children.

NOKR as the Emergency Contact Registry receives phone calls daily from family members and individuals missing due to Alzheimer's, Suspicious Circumstances and sadly to Hurricane Katrina, which displaced 447,827 individuals in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

NOKR's mission is to store vital emergency contact information for the pubic that is provided securely to emergency agencies during times of urgent need. NOKR is the central depository for emergency contact information for the United States; this is a free resource that is paid for by donations. 

NOKR's President Mark Cerney said, " NOKR has partnered with the NCMA to serve our nations missing by providing a louder voice. The NCMA is a under valued and possibly unknown resource that many families and individuals will never want to utilize until the need may sadly occur."

A common misconception is that a person must be absent for 72 hours before being legally classed as missing, but this is rarely the case; in instances where there is evidence of violence or of an unusual absence, law enforcement agencies often stress the importance of beginning an investigation promptly.

Kym L. Pasqualini NCMA's President and founder has volunteered to join the NOKR staff to become NOKR's Director For Missing Persons. NOKR is a 100% volunteer work force with volunteers in 87 countries. Ms. Pasqualini's addition, in conjunction with NCMA's support will allow NOKR to better support the missing until they come home.

NOKR would also like to ask the public today to help support this valuable service the NCMA's provides our country as this agency relies on donor funding to provide its services. To make a donation please visit www.theyaremissed.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 92% 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 Mark Cerney at (202) 730-9764 or visit NOKR's website at www.nokr.org.

About NCMA
The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) is a division of Nation's Missing Children Organization, Inc. (NMCO) - a 501c (3) non-profit organization providing assistance to law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) was formally established after the passage of Kristen's Law (H.R. 2780) by the 106th United States Congress on October 26th, 2000 (S11181). As directed by H.R. 2780, NCMA operates as the national clearinghouse for missing adults, providing services and coordination between various government agencies, law enforcement, media, and most importantly - the families of missing adults.


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The Seattle Times
         NBC News King 5 Seattle, WA 
          Northwest Cabel News Network
China quake prompts local efforts to help out

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
 
As news of the earthquake in China broke on Monday, local Chinese and other area residents with ties to the country responded quickly.

Jimmy Chen, a businessman in Puyallup and co-chairman of the Washington State-Sichuan Province Friendship Association, was trying to organize a team of disaster-relief experts and rescue dogs to leave possibly as soon as today.

Washington state has had a sister-state relationship since 1982 with Sichuan province, where the quake struck.

Gov. Christine Gregoire urged Washington residents to help.

 

China quake relief

Mercy Corps: Donate via www.mercycorps.org, 800-852-2100, or China Earthquake Fund, Dept NR, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208.

World Vision: Donate via www.worldvision.org, 888-56-CHILD, or P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.

Next Of Kin Registry: Free online service where family and friends can register possible victims/missing persons and contact information. http://nokr.org.

 

 

"Last year, I had the honor of hosting a delegation from Sichuan on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of our sister-state relationship," Gregoire said in a statement. "Even though the earthquake victims are half a world away, they are also our neighbors."

The mega-city of Chongqing, where deaths were reported, is sister city to Seattle.

Yunbo Deng is a board member of Chinese Microsoft Employees, a group of about 2,500 people, many from mainland China.

The group is hoping the company can match donations of aid from employees, and hopes to partner with other local organizations to help.

On Monday morning, Lu Zhao, a program manager at Microsoft, talked to her parents in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Her father, a university professor, told her most students had been evacuated from the dormitories, and her mother, a doctor at a hospital, said patients had been moved outside of the hospital.

Both Zhao's parents were OK. She had been more concerned about her grandmother, who lives in a fifth-floor apartment.

"I worried about her — how she would get out," Zhao said. Zhao's aunt later found her at a nearby park.

Other organizations also are helping:

Both Federal Way-based World Vision and Portland-based Mercy Corps are providing disaster-relief assistance.

 

 


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Establish A Specific Meeting Place
Washington, DC
05/13/2008
  
 
A predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion if your home is affected or your neighborhood is evacuated. Have you decided on a meeting place? Does everyone in your family know where it is?  Be sure to include pets in your plan. You should know that pets are not permitted in emergency family shelters, and some hotels will not accept them.

Have you held an emergency drill and had everybody meet in your selected place?

Store vital information in the next of kin registry now – before the need arises.

You should also be aware of the Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) – 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 registration service. Information you provide is kept in a secure archive. You can store emergency contacts, next of kin and vital medical information that would be critical to emergency response agencies.

NOKR does not permit sharing information for 3rd party distribution or for personal gain. NOKR is a public service tool for both citizens and emergency agencies.  NOKR is a facilitation tool for those who cannot speak directly to emergency personal. When you store your minimal contact information, the only viewer of this information would be that of emergency services.

 

 

 


 

 

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Star-Telegram.com
May 01, 2008


Death notifications a daunting task for police

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

STAR-TELEGRAM/IAN MCVEA

There is a front doorstep that Grapevine police Capt. John Luna will never forget.

As a rookie cop in San Marcos, Luna sat in front of that door for more than two hours thinking about how he was going to tell a man that his wife of only a few months was dead.

The 20-something's vehicle was hit broadside while she was on her way to cash the first paycheck of her teaching career.

"It was such a tragedy," Luna said. "Two young people with their whole lives ahead of them, and it all came to a screeching halt."

Death notifications are a daunting task that officers will likely face at least once in their careers.

The job is usually the responsibility of chaplains, grief counselors or a medical examiner. But sometimes they aren't available.

Grapevine police Capt. John Luna still remembers when he was a rookie officer in San Marcos and had to tell a man that his wife of only a few months was dead.

Grapevine police Capt. John Luna still remembers when he was a rookie officer in San Marcos and had to tell a man that his wife of only a few months was dead.

In Texas, police officers are required to have at least 618 hours of basic training, but only minutes are focused on death notifications, depending on the instructor, said Timothy Braaten, executive director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

"Each situation is different," said Larry Irving, chaplain for the North Richland Hills Police Department. "Sometimes it's strictly an officer's judgment call."

Additional problems

In the midst of the emotional trauma involved during a death notification, officers must make sure that they are notifying the right family.

If the victim is not carrying identification or is disfigured, officers must take extra steps before notifying the family. Many times the medical examiner must step in to handle the question of identification.

A mother's intuition or a sister's bond may be enough to prompt relatives to rush to the scene of a tragedy, only to be frustrated when police can give no final answers.

"The only thing worse than making a death notification, is making the wrong one," Haltom City police Sgt. Terry Stayer said.

Another difficult situation can arise when families demand to see the body immediately, said Roger Metcalf, director of the human identification laboratory at the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

The chief medical examiner can decline a viewing if there's a biohazard concern or evidence from criminal investigations being collected. Officials usually try to dissuade relatives from seeing the body.

"Sometimes we let them, but we try to discourage it because we don't have a facility to really clean up the body," Metcalf said. "We encourage them to wait until the body gets to the funeral home, but sometimes they insist."

Metcalf deals with families who oftentimes already suspect that their loved one is dead when he calls to confirm. If the victim is local, an investigator will drive to the family's home or officials will contact the local police department to make a death notification.

Memories

Officers have ways of coping with the tragedies that make up their careers, but many have experienced incidents they can never forget.

Luna can't remember the names of the people involved in his first death notification, but he can tell you exactly where the house was. A newlywed himself at the time, he never forgot the numb, shock-filled look on the man's face.

Stayer remembers going to a Haltom City home to make a death notification when she was a patrol officer in 1997.

She was called to an accident just after midnight. A 17-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car while walking with friends along Denton Highway. Stayer knocked on the door of the girl's home, waking up her mother, who believed the girl was safe and sound in her bedroom.

"She was devastated," Stayer said of the grieving mother. "She just couldn't believe what I was telling her. I don't know how to describe it."

Sometimes, family members call Metcalf searching for a loved one.

"There is one I will always remember," he said. "A mother called me to ask if we had her 17-year-old daughter. She asked me to go down to the morgue to tell her goodbye and that the family loved her -- I did."

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The medical examiner's human identification lab encourages residents to sign up for the Next of Kin Registry to make death notifications easier and more accurate.

The registry, a global nonprofit organization, offers the free service, which is available securely to registered emergency agencies during times of urgent need. The information can be accessed in the following scenarios:

Missing or injured child, adult or senior.

Those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Accidents while traveling nationally or internationally.

Unconscious person unable to communicate.

Natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis and fires).

Terrorist acts, nationally or internationally.

Next of kin or point of contact

Phone registration: 800-915-5413

Online: www.nokr.org

TRAINING

In the law enforcement commission's training manual, a section is dedicated to teaching officers how to deal with victims of crime and accidents. In the lesson, officers are taught to empathize, to answer questions honestly, to call the next day and to consider people's feelings.

The training also describes the victims' phases of grief and what they need from police during each phase. Among the do's and don't are:

Don't

Tell them everything is all right if it's not.

Answer questions only if you have full information.

Make promises you can't deliver.

Insist on talking -- silence is OK.

Impose your religious beliefs or personal philosophy.

Do

Say "I'm so sorry that this has happened."

Say "I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you."

Say "I'd like to be with you for a while if you don't mind."

Say "Would you like me to help you with ...?"

Say "It's not your fault."

MELISSA VARGAS, 817-685-3888
mvargas@star-telegram.com

 

 

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