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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Every 12 seconds an accident happens in the United States; so what happens when a victim can't tell EMS who to contact? A cell phone is usually the first response; however, there's a better way to link crash victims with their family.
It's called Emergency Links Matter and it's a visor kit that you put in your car in case of a crash.
Deb Maupin, creator of ELM explains, "It's a personal emergency notification kit that I developed 8 years ago. It gives law enforcement and medical personnel contact information when a victim of a car crash is unable to speak for themselves."
After a crash law enforcement will run the car tags or address on the driver's license to find a phone number to reach the family. However, a land line phone usually isn't the fastest way to get in touch with people.
They also look for cell phones; however, after a crash cell phones are usually destroyed or lost.
The E.L.M kit is a small pouch that clips onto your visor and contains vital information about the driver along with contact information.
Lt. Randy Ailey of the Blount County Sheriff Department tells us, "It's important for people to have this kit in their car especially when every second counts after a crash. The faster we can get in touch with the family; the faster we can get the victim properly cared for."
There's also a E.L.M for hikers, walkers and runners . It contains vital information just like the visor kit but it's around your wrist. Plus, there's an E.L.M for child car seats.
You can learn more at the website: www.emergencylinksmatter.com