W.H.A.L.E. and H.E.L.P.

W.H.A.L.E. Program

The W.H.A.L.E. program (We Have A Little Emergency) is an identification and information program for child car safety which was created in the early 1990s by a child caregiver from Richmond, Virginia, who wondered what would happen to the children in her care in the event of a car crash. The program provides a packet for each participant, which consists of the following:

  • Identification card and clear card holder
  • Two W.H.A.L.E. stickers for each side of the car seat
  • Two W.H.A.L.E. vehicle stickers for the rear side car windows
  • Instruction sheet for parents and/or guardians

The two-sided identification card, which is attached to the back side of the car seat provides important information about the child in the car seat, such as name, date of birth, medical history and who to contact in case of an emergency. Attaching the identification card to the back of the seat ensures the privacy of personal facts by making it not visible from outside the vehicle. Two of the stickers are attached to the sides of the safety seat, and two vehicle stickers are attached to the rear side windows of the vehicle to alert rescuers that the child seat occupant participates in the program.

In the event the adult in the vehicle is incapacitated, the identification card has emergency contact information, which provides valuable information about a child to rescue workers. Just knowing the child's name can help rescue workers comfort a frightened child.

H.E.L.P. Program

The H.E.L.P. program (Helmet Emergency Labeling Program) gives emergency personnel important information about children involved in accidents while bicycling, skateboarding or in-line skating. The bright yellow round sticker on the outside of the helmet makes rescuers aware that there is identification/medical information inside the helmet if there is an emergency situation.

The W.H.A.L.E. program was developed through the EMS Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The H.E.L.P. program is the brainchild of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) Council on Auxiliaries, which developed the H.E.L.P. program as a complement to their helmet safety campaign.

Both programs are free and there is no registration required.

We have notified emergency personnel in the surrounding areas that we are using these programs and we have sent them samples of each so that they can become familiar with them in the event they respond to a crisis situation where the W.H.A.L.E. or H.E.L.P sticker is displayed. W.H.A.L.E. and H.E.L.P. packets are available to the residents of Sartell and can be picked up at the Sartell Police Department. Please feel free to contact our office at 251-8186 for further information.

These programs are made available through a generous grant from CentraCare Health Foundation.