promote WHALE program
Local Emergency Medical Technicians are promoting the WHALE program offered through Idaho’s Transportation Department. The “We Have a Little Emergency” program is designed to help identify infants and children in safety seats involved in motor vehicle crashes. The WHALE program provides instant identification of a child in a car safety seat in the event that an adult in the car is injured and unable to talk.
The free WHALE kit includes stickers for car windows and an identification card to attach to the safety seat. When filled out, the card includes the child’s name, medical information and whom to contact in case of emergency.
According to the Idaho Transportation Department website, sometimes just knowing a child’s name can help rescue workers comfort young patients.
EMTs will distribute WHALE kits at the Keuterville Community Dinner on Sunday, February 11. To find out more about the program you can visit www.itd.idaho.gov/ohs/childsafety.
The St.Mary’s Hospital reception desk will have kits available during business hours. They are also available at no charge by contacting the Idaho Office of Highway Safety at 208-334-8104.