Thursday, July 20, 2006

Family File

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, I felt so helpless. I watched the news and saw the destruction that had occurred, and I wanted to do something.

It was horrible to hear stories about those who were missing, and to see their families crying and holding a picture—if they still had one. I noticed so many of the pictures were extremely out of date—there were baby pictures for children who were five years old!

Why was this? If I lost my child or my husband, which picture would I end up holding?

Everything these people owned had been destroyed and they went with the first picture they could find. They did the best they could with what they had, to try to bring their loved ones back.

And so the idea behind Family File was born. Family File is a free website that provides resources and tools to help protect and save lives. It provides a secure place to keep current pictures of loved ones and their vital information for use in case of an emergency.

This site,, was created in the hope of saving lives. Family File offers parents the comforting assurance that if something were to happen, even as unexpected and disastrous as Hurricane Katrina, they would have everything they need in one place.

I invite you to visit the website. Check out the background and security information. Take a few seconds to create your own account, and insure your family’s preparation. And then, help us get the word out (post this on your blog, forward as a email, etc.)—the more people that know about and use it, the more children we can all help save. Please forward this letter to your family and friends.

Erin Maughan,

Founder of The Family File

(While Family File is free, donations are welcome for the site maintenance and growth.)


melnel said...

Good idea! And Yeah! It's finally here!

And Yeah! You used my edit! I hadn't heard if you liked it or not, so suddenly seeing it here (with some of your changes, of course) makes me feel good. :) Thanks. :)

Erin said...

yes we used the edits and ideas of probably 10 people, so here's what we finally went with a little of everyone's ideas. I hope the word spreads.

Heather said...

Well, I went to your site and got started setting up my account! I haven't gotten very far yet, but this is such a good idea. Thank you for doing something like this and I will share it with my friends.