Florida’s Emergency Contact Program is a database that allows residents to submit information about two people they would like to have contacted in the event of an emergency. This information can only be accessed by police officers if something like a car accident occurs.
By submitting this information, you ensure that emergency personnel know who to contact in an emergency, even if you are rendered unconscious or unable to communicate. According to the programs’ advocates, being able to reach an emergency contact within a few minutes of an auto accident can be the difference between life and death.
An emergency contact can tell medical personnel about any health concerns or allergies you might have and about any medications you might be taking. This information can be crucial for doctors who are looking to treat you.
WJHG reports the state of Florida is encouraging drivers and residents to register their emergency contact information. To sign up, please visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor website.