HERMOSA BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2012) - To celebrate the season of holiday giving, EmergencyLink, the free emergency ID network, today announced three new partnerships with leading non-profit organizations that align with its goals of helping people protect themselves, as well as their family and friends: American Red Cross, The (George) Lopez Foundation and Autism Speaks. As part of the collaboration, EmergencyLink will launch co-branded websites with each organization, and donate $1 for every person who signs up for their service.
EmergencyLink's goal is to help people better prepare for an emergency situation, and it solves a critical, often overlooked, need -- 89 percent of Americans don't even have emergency contact information in their wallets or mobile phones. The company's free online service and mobile app allow anyone to create, store and share important emergency and medical information. EmergencyLink plans to work closely with American Red Cross, The Lopez Foundation and Autism Speaks to urge members to take control and be prepared.
"EmergencyLink is committed to aligning itself with organizations that are devoted to safeguarding and helping people," said Michael Soenen, chairman and CEO of EmergencyLink. "Each of these organizations has a similar mission and values, so they are a perfect match and we look forward to the impact we can make together. We encourage everyone to be safe and have an emergency preparedness plan in place, and it's especially critical during the holidays, as more people are out-and-about and on the roads."
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross' long history of being on the forefront of helping disaster victims makes it an ideal partner for EmergencyLink. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the need to be prepared for an emergency is even more apparent. When someone is found unconscious after a natural disaster or similar emergency, it's critical for first responders and hospitals to have easy access to his or her medical information. EmergencyLink allows people to easily store this information and each member is given an ID tag/card so that they have this information on them at all times. The company's donations to the American Red Cross will support their disaster relief efforts to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters at home and around the world. The company will donate $1.00 for every new member who signs up at EmergencyLink.com/AmericanRedCross.
"American Red Cross is grateful for the new partnership with EmergencyLink," said Stephanie Pell, director, corporations at American Red Cross. "Through the partnership and their committed donation, we will be able help fund new disaster relief programs, all while educating our members about the importance of emergency preparedness."
The Lopez Foundation
After a near kidney failure and transplant in 2005, George Lopez founded The Lopez Foundation to improve and save the lives of people confronting the challenges of chronic kidney conditions. He partnered with EmergencyLink because of their shared goal of helping and assisting people. For the one in two1 Americans living with a chronic disease, it's especially important to be prepared for a medical emergency and keep their families informed of the medications they are taking. EmergencyLink allows people to not only store medical information, but also easily share it with family and friends. The company will donate $1.00 for every new member who signs up at EmergencyLink.com/TheLopezFoundation
"I am very excited about The Lopez Foundation being part of this campaign," said George Lopez.
Families of and caregivers for people on the autism spectrum are very aware of how common it is for a child to wander off and how dangerous it can be. According to a recent study2, nearly half of parents with an autistic child age 4 and older have had their child try to leave a safe place at least once. EmergencyLink's service is important for families and parents of children with autism, making it a critical partner for Autism Speaks. In addition to EmergencyLink's core services, parents can use the service to immediately create a missing person's report or AMBER alert for the police if their child ever goes missing. The company will donate $1.00 dollar for every new member who signs up at EmergencyLink.com/AutismSpeaks
For more information on EmergencyLink's services for individuals, families and organizations, visit EmergencyLink.com.
EmergencyLink is the world's first and only emergency ID network that lets anyone store their important information and documents, easily share those materials with family and friends, and offers a free 24-hour emergency response center to aid members in an emergency. Completely free for members, EmergencyLink's services include a safe and secure website and mobile app. Every member receives account ID tags and cards to put in a wallet, on keychain, running shoes, luggage, kid's backpack, etc. EmergencyLink maintains state-of-the-art security practices certified by Norton Secured. To find out more about EmergencyLink and to sign-up, visit: EmergencyLink.com.
About The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org.
About The Lopez Foundation
The Lopez Foundation's mission is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation. For more information about The Lopez Foundation visit TheLopezFoundation.org.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed over $180 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in over 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
1 "Chronic Care: Making the Case for Ongoing Care," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2010.
2 "Occurrence and Family Impact of Elopement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012.