Florida residents can now register information with the state so police can quickly contact relatives in an emergency.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles unveiled the program on its Web site Monday. The program adds phone numbers to driver’s license information that only law enforcement officers can access. The state said nearly 13,000 people signed up in the system’s first week.
Here is how it works:
Log onto www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ and click on "Emergency Contact Information." Then input your driver’s license information on the first screen and input one or two emergency contacts on the second page.
There is currently no way to phone in or mail that information, so authorities say residents without computers should go to a library or get help from a friend. The Broward Sheriff’s Office also has printable emergency cards at www.sheriff.org/safety/ice.cfm that can be placed in a wallet or purse.
In addition, authorities say residents should program emergency contacts into their cell phones under the label "ICE," meaning "In Case of Emergency." Emergency officials can then easily find contact information in the phone.