New Emergency ID Device from Benefits 9/11 Orphans' Charity

Thursday, September 11, 2008 General News J E 4
NEW YORK, Sept. 10 launches safetywebsite, honoring the NYC 9/11 First Responders by donating to the Twin TowersOrphan Fund on the seventh anniversary of September 11th.

Endorsed by the American Association of State Troopers, ContactPlates(TM)are business card-sized plates that contain cell phone numbers and emergencyinformation about the driver of a car in the event of a critical accident.Currently in the U.S., it takes an average of four hours for emergencypersonnel to reach next of kin. In the instantaneous world of cell phones, thiscontact time with ContactPlates(TM) can be just seconds.

ContactPlates(TM) are designed to standardize the way first responders(police, EMT, fire) contact loved ones in the event of an accident. Years ofresearch and interviews with first responders have helped inform the creationof this revolutionary product designed to drastically reduce the time to notifynext of kin.

ContactPlates(TM) are made from anodized metal heat resistant plates thatcontain mobile phone numbers of four contacts as well as emergency information(such as life-threatening allergies) about the driver of a car.

They are installed with a magnetic backing, which is attached in a standardlocation within the vehicle on the inner sash of the driver's side door foreasy and standardized EMT access.

In the event of an accident, the magnetic plate will be removed byassisting First Responders and attached to the standard metal clipboard used byEMS that follows patients to the hospital.

Mobile phone numbers can be contacted immediately by assisting StateTroopers or responders instead of relying on outdated DMV records. Troopersagree this is the easiest method available during a chaotic scene."ContactPlates is truly an innovative idea that will provide law enforcementand other emergency response personnel with detailed emergency contactinformation so notification can be made quickly and accurately," said KenHowes, Executive Director, Association of State Troopers.

"Next of kin notification of an individual's wish to donate organs is, byfar, the most important action you can take to assure that your organs will bedonated to save lives," said Michael Reed, Organ Recipient and Founder,National Transplant Society.

Founder, Carole Crittenden Reed, is a mother of two young children inSouthampton, NY. She was injured in a critical accident that left herhospitalized for over a year.



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