WHALE Car Seat ID Program

For a free WHALE kit contact, The Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns at 206-21LYTLE (206-215-9853).

The WHALE™ Program — “We Have A Little Emergency”

Every year, very young children are involved in automobile accidents. They may be riding in a vehicle with parents, grandparents, daycare providers or others. In an accident, if the adult in the vehicle is seriously injured or unable to talk, those responding to the emergency have no easy way of identifying the child. The WHALE Program is intended to give parents (or other caregivers) the tools to help emergency rescue efforts go more smoothly.

WHALE stands for “We Have A Little Emergency.” It is an identification program that was started in the early 1990s by a child caregiver on the East Coast who wondered what would happen to the children in her care in the event of a car accident. The program is now recognized and used by emergency personnel in 34 states.

Washington’s WHALE Program

Locally, Swedish began working in 1999 with law-enforcement agencies and other emergency personnel to put the WHALE Program into action. Since that time, more than 40,000 WHALE kits have been distributed in Washington.

Similar to other emergency-rescue programs, WHALE uses stickers on the vehicle window and car seat to alert rescue workers to look for key information — child’s name, date of birth, medical history and emergency contacts — on the back of the child’s car seat.

Free WHALE Kits at Swedish

Swedish provides WHALE kits free of charge to parents, grandparents or others who regularly travel with a young child (age 4 or under). The kits include an information label and holder for the back of the child’s car seat and WHALE safety stickers for the sides of the car seat and the windows of the vehicle.

For a free WHALE kit contact  The Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns at 206-21LYTLE (206-215-9853).