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NOKR QUICK REFERENCE WHO, WHAT, HOW AND WHY

WHO

The Emergency Contact Registry (NOKR) is a non-partisan; non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004 as a public service for daily emergency situations.  NOKR is the central depository for Emergency Contact information in the United States plus 87 other countries. (See NOKR's network of volunteers)

WHAT

The NOKR is 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 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.

HOW

You would visit the NOKR Registration page or the mail-in / fax form page and register either yourself and an emergency point of contact or you could register a family member and their emergency point of contact. Optionally you could register a friend or significant other as a point of contact. Each registration is date stamped; you may also register yourself multiple times. If you have registered yourself several times, we do store each registration and index all individually by date. This information is kept secured and is sent encrypted to a secure area on a separate server once you press the register button. This information is not accessible to the public and is not located on the same site you register at.   

Information stored by public

NOKR SYSTEM

EMERGENCY Agencies 

Once this information is stored it is only accessible via a secure password protected area that is only accessible by emergency public trust agencies that have registered with NOKR.  For system integrity the information collected is never stored at the same location it is collected from.  The NOKR system is backed up several times daily.

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.
 

PRIVACY
Your information will not be sold or shared. For privacy reasons we do not list where this information is located. This information is safe guarded to protect our registrant's privacy. This information is only available to Local and State Emergency Agencies working in an official capacity, attempting to locate a next of kin or emergency point of contact. The NOKR will NEVER ask for any intrusive information like your social security number or date of birth.  NOKR does ask for age optionally which is used as a chronological identifier.

The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) does not share your information openly as your information does not belong to NOKR. Your information belongs to you. NOKR as a nonprofit entity has facilitated a safe secure archiving resources so that you the public can store rapid contact information at no cost as a way to prepare for the unforeseen. Your stored contact information is for emergency use only.

To remove your record from the registry please send the following information. The name of the individual registered, the emergency contact associated with this individual, the city and state for both persons. Your letter must also include the date your registration was sent; this is a security factor for permanent removal.


Please send your removal request via letter to:
Next Of Kin Registry
Attention: NOKR Removal
2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW #908
Washington, DC 20006
 
SECURITY Your Next Of Kin information is collected inside a SSL ( Secure Socket Layer)

All registrations are processed and sent via secure socket layer (SSL) to the NOKR registry at a separate secure location.  This secured location is User Name and Password Protected. All data is protected under the watchful eye of NOKR's staff. All Internet Data Centers are strategically located on AT&T's, Global Crossing and Cable & Wireless' OC48 / OC192 Global IP backbones. These locations, together with the extensive public and private peering arrangements, are designed to maximize NOKR's Internet reach, bandwidth capacity and to optimize performance. To ensure all data's security, all facilities are staffed 24 hours a day with on-site guards and equipped with both interior and exterior closed circuit television.

Access to and from the hosting and monitoring areas is controlled via highly secure mantraps. These single entry, hardened portals are extremely effective at limiting access to the facility to authorized personnel only.

The operations of all Internet Data Centers are monitored by regional Network Operations Centers (NOC) with mirrored content displayed in other NOCs for failsafe network system diversity and redundancy. Network security is ensured by state-of-the-art software and hardware for network monitoring and routing, intrusion detection and filtering.

The NOCs are staffed on a 24/7 basis by skilled network technicians and analysts, who continuously monitor the data center network infrastructure for any signs of problems. Automated features as well as customized options help network managers to predict - and often, resolve - problems before they arise.


WHY


NOKR is the ONLY organization globally, that provides a free emergency contact resource of this kind, to both citizens and to emergency agencies. Many people think that if they are carrying a driver's license, identification card or credit cards, authorities will know who their emergency contact is. The fact is these forms of identity only indicate who you are not who should be contacted in the event of urgent need. To add to this problem, often times your current identification is not updated or readily available and it becomes very difficult and complex to locate next of kin.



Fact
When you leave your home each day, no one will know who your emergency contact is, if the need arises.
Here are just a few reasons why we need NOKR.
You're Injured and can not speak
Your child is lost
Your family member suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's
You're in an accidents while traveling locally, nationally or internationally
Your home is lost in a fire while you're on vacation
Homeless family member injured or dies alone
Natural Disasters (Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornados, Floods, Tsunamis and Fires)
Terrorist Acts Nationally or Internationally
Deceased person used to locate a next of kin or point of contact
Hurricane Katrina, London Bombing, Asian Earthquake and Tsunami, September 11,2001 Attack in USA


NOKR's system is used during daily emergencies and was utilized for the following national and global  disasters.
 

2004 Asian Tsunami
2005 London Bombing
2005 Hurricane Disasters
2005 Mudslide Guatemala
2006 India train bombing
2006 Indonesia Earthquake
2006 Leyte Village Philippines Mudslide
2007 Virginia Tech College Shooting
2007 Tornado disasters in the
States of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota USA
2007 Southern California Wildfires
2008 Myanmar Cyclone Disaster
2008 Sichuan China Earthquake
2008 Iowa Flooding Disaster
2008 Hurricane Disasters
2008 California Wildfire's
2009 Washington State Flooding
2009 Australian Fires
2009 Swine Flu virus
2009 Southern California Wildfire's
2009 Georgia Flooding
2009 Samoa Tsunami
2009 Fort Hood base shooting
2010 Haiti Earthquake
2010 Tennessee Flooding
2011 Australian Flooding
2011 Brazil Flooding
2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
2011 April 25–28, tornado outbreak
2011 May 2011, Central United States Flooding Disaster
2011 May Joplin, MO USA Tornado
2011 Norway Bombing and Shooting Attacks
2012 Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster Italy
2012 Tornado Outbreak in South East USA
2012 Commercial Jetliner crash in Lagos, Nigeria
2012 Waldo Canyon Fire Colorado USA
2012 Aurora CO Theater Shooting USA
2012 China's Yunnan Province Earthquakes
2012 Hurricane Sandy
2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, CT shooting
2013 Santa Maria, Brazil Nightclub fire
2013 Boston Marathon Bombing
2013 West Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion
2013 Sichuan, China Earthquake
2013 San Francisco plane crash Asiana Airlines Flight 214
2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment, Quebec CAN


2012 Update of NOKR

● NOKR marks its 8th-year anniversary since launching in January of 2004.

● NOKR is now listed on more than 92% of all State websites as a resource for the public and emergency agencies.

● NOKR can be found on many government websites like the US Governments portal www.usa.gov and the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security site http://www.disasterassistance.gov/disasterinformation/gathering-loved-ones.shtm.

● NOKR added a Disaster Only registry section. This allows the victim's family or friends to register and indicate the names of those who may have been involved in any disaster outside the USA, for emergency responders.

● NOKR is now a proactive service partner with the American Red Cross. T
his is a partnership of concerned agencies as part of Disaster Safe.

Post Hurricane Katrina, NOKR was widely seen in the internationally media and on CNN’s Larry King Live during a 3 hour Katrina special.

● In 2005 the National Next of Kin Registry was introduced to the United States House of Representatives and the
United States Senate in a series of bills see:  
Senator Barack Obama S.1630.IS The National Emergency Family Locator Act
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
H.R.2560.IH The Elaine Sullivan Act
Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald H.R.3999.IH The National Emergency Family Locator Act

● NOKR has volunteers in 47 American States and 87 Countries. These countries include Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom just to name a few.

NOKR spoke on an American Red Cross (ARC) mass care panel at the 2006 Hurricane Conference in Orlando Florida with the ARC and FEMA.

NOKR strategically partners with the San Diego Super Computer (SDSC) at UCSD La Jolla, California to enhance security, performance, storage and add many new robust features for the public and emergency agencies.

In 2006 NOKR began to blueprint and develop a state of the art system called the National Emergency Locator System (NELS). NOKR's disaster mode will consist of activating the NELS and the toll free 800 check-in number for victims that are self evacuating or that have left a shelter area and for the purpose of reunifying with inquiring family and friends. The NELS resource will also be available online and wirelessly. The NELS resource is a opt in only resources for those who wish to reconnect with loved ones post a disaster. This resource will also have multiple bulletin boards for the public and media to view progress and critical up dates, agency information sharing and volunteer coordination in real-time.

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 has put forth the requested solution for the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which is being established in compliance with Congressional Legislation SEC. 689c of H.R. 5441 to help family members separated after an emergency or major disaster to communicate with one another.

The State of South Carolina is leading a movement to build a template state for emergency preparedness. NOKR is working in cooperation with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD). This cooperative relationship will create an innovative large-scale approach to provide all citizens in South Carolina information about the NOKR as a preparedness resource.

NOKR reaches out to help emergency agencies and the public after the Virginia Tech shooting.

NOKR provides optional area on the emergency contact registration form for registrants to add their identification card or drivers license number during the registration process. This information would be used as a unique identifier and also help when the individual may have a common name.

NOKR issues rapid public web and media notices to help the public post the interstate 35-west bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  NOKR also establishes contact with Minneapolis 311 and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assit in locating contacts.

NOKR quick to react to the 2007, 2008 and 2009 California wild fires, the State of California places the (National Next of Kin Registry) system on the states website http://www.ca.gov/HealthSafety/LivingSafely/Emergencies.html

Google awards adwords grant to NOKR to help support and promote the free Emergency Contact System.

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

NOKR goes Green, we are powered by 100% wind energy. You can be proud that the machines hosting your NOKR are fully eco-friendly! Since generating wind energy on site isn't feasible, we're offsetting all of our electricity use with wind-generated Renewable Energy Certificates, which prevent the release of 2,660 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.

NOKR can be found on the Virginia DMV as a resource http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/id/get_id.asp

NOKR is engaged by Microsoft to become part of HealthVault. This partnership would give the end user emergency agencies rapid access during urgent need.

 

 


 

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