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DHSMV urges Floridians to register emergency contact info ahead of hurricane season

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Posted at 9:47 PM, May 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-13 18:05:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - With the 2014 hurricane season quickly approaching, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is urging all Floridians to register their emergency contact information as part of their hurricane preparedness plans this year. Its so first responders can quickly locate a person's family or friends during an emergency situation.

The Department’s Emergency Contact Information (ECI) program allows Floridians to securely register contact information online at https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/ and in driver license offices. DHSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes says the information can only be accessed by law enforcement in times of emergency. There is no fee to register.

According to DHSMV, More than 8.6 million Floridians have taken advantage of the ECI program, which allows Floridians with a current driver license or identification card to enter up to two contacts into the system’s secure database.

Even those who have registered their information previously are encouraged to update their contacts periodically, especially if they or their contacts have moved.