NOKR QUICK REFERENCE
WHO, WHAT, HOW AND WHY
The Emergency Contact Registry
(NOKR) is a non-partisan; non-profit 501(c)(3)
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.
NOKR's network of volunteers)
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.
You would visit the
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
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
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. |
Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR)
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
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
Pennsylvania Ave. NW #908
Washington, DC 20006
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.
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.
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
● 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
● 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
2007 Southern California Wildfires
2008 Myanmar Cyclone
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
● 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
partner with the American Red Cross. This
is a partnership of concerned agencies as
part of Disaster Safe.
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
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
● 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
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has consulted with the Next
of Kin Registry (NOKR) regarding lessons learned post
Hurricane Katrina and NOKR’s answer to
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
● 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
Google awards adwords grant to NOKR to help support and
promote the free Emergency Contact System.
has Partnered with the National Center for Missing
Adults (NCMA) to become a force multiplier in locating
adults missing in the United States.
goes Green, we are powered by
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
found on the Virginia DMV as a resource
NOKR is engaged by Microsoft to become part of HealthVault. This partnership would give the end user
emergency agencies rapid access during urgent need.