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Kin Would Be Notified Faster Using Emergency Contact Database, Says Farry
2/14/2012
 
Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York) introduced legislation creating a voluntary, online database to help emergency personnel and law enforcement officers access an individual’s emergency contact information at a bipartisan press conference held in Harrisburg on Feb. 14.
HARRISBURG — Coinciding with National Organ Donor Day, State Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York) unveiled legislation that would create a voluntary, online ‘Next of Kin’ database to help emergency personnel and law enforcement officers access an individual’s emergency contact information.

House Bill 2098 would create an online ‘Next of Kin’ database, allowing individuals to voluntarily submit up to three emergency contacts and/or vital medical information. The bill was the subject of a joint bipartisan press conference held by the lawmakers this morning in Harrisburg.

“This database, which would be modeled after a similar program in Ohio, would allow only emergency personnel and law enforcement officers to access the information in emergency situations by swiping the individual’s driver’s license or identification card,” said Farry.

Farry also noted that the records within the database could be changed or removed at any time by the individual.

“In my years as a volunteer firefighter, I’ve seen many incidents where it was difficult to track down or get a hold of a relative in an emergency situation,” said Farry. “Having the information in this database readily available to emergency personnel will help ensure an individual’s family is notified promptly and appropriately.”

DePasquale and Farry both noted that the information in the database would not be public record and would be used in the event of an accident where the individual is unconscious or unable to communicate.

“People can’t have their wishes carried out if their kin cannot speak for them in these situations,” said Farry. “The ‘Next of Kin’ database would be a valuable resource and several other states have established similar, successful programs. Submitting information to the database would be purely voluntary.”

Other states with a similar program include: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and South Carolina.

State Representative Frank Farry
142nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Abbey Fosnot
afosnot@pahousegop.com
717.260.6222
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