Q1: What is Harrison's Hope?
A1:Harrison's Hope is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit agency, based in St. Louis , MO, whose mission is the prevention of injuries and deaths due to children being left unattended in or around motor vehicles.
Q2: Who founded Harrison's Hope?
A2: Terrill and Michele Struttmann founded Harrison's Hope in 1999 after two toddlers, left unattended in a running vehicle, set it in motion and killed the Struttmann's 2-year-old son, Harrison. The Struttmanns have since devoted their lives to preventing similar accidents.
Q3: What is the goal of Harrison's Hope?
A3: To save lives and reduce the number of serious injuries resulting from children being left alone in or around cars.
Q4: Does Harrison's Hope have a Web site?
A4: Yes. Information about Harrison's Hope can be found on the Internet at www.harrisonshope.org.
Q5: What is the Zero Seconds Program?
A5: The Zero Seconds Program is a grassroots safety awareness program designed to educate elementary, middle and high school students, community outreach organizations, parents, caregivers and any audience about the dangerous situation of children being alone in and around cars. Visit www.zeroseconds.org for more information.
Q6: Does Harrison's Hope have any partners and who are they?
A6: Harrison's Hope has partnered with 4R Kids Sake to help document incidents for Harrison's Hope's national database. Harrison's Hope has been endorsed by service clubs across the country including Kiwanis International and Optimist International.
Q7: How can my organization partner with Harrison's Hope?
A7: Harrison's Hope is constantly in need of individuals who can donate either time or money to help further this mission. To get involved, please visit our Web site or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q8: Does Harrison's Hope have offices outside of Missouri?
A8: Harrison's Hope currently only has one office in Washington , Mo. However we are looking to build a network of spokes persons across the country to help achieve our goal of raising awareness about this important issue.
Q9: How do I become a Harrison's Hope spokesperson?
A9: If you are interested in spreading the word on behalf of Harrison's Hope, please visit our Web site or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Q10: Does Harrison's Hope have materials available for distribution?
A10: Yes. Harrison's Hope has a variety of educational materials available for distribution including the Zero Seconds Program fact sheets, tip sheets, take-action activity documents, brochures, posters, public service announcements, videos, magnets and window clings.
Q11: Where can I get Harrison's Hope materials?
A11: Tip sheets, fact sheets and take-action activity documents are available for free from our Web site download center. Other educational materials are available for purchase through our Web site.
Q12: Does Harrison's Hope have an annual fundraiser?
A12: Harrison's Hope hosts an annual fundraising auction in March. In 2007, the auction raised more than $40,000. The success of the event ensures the continuation of Harrison's Hope's lifesaving work.
Q13: How can I help Harrison's Hope?
A13: Everyone can help. Ten ways you can get started today include:
INCIDENTS & FATALITIES
Q14: What are the dangers of leaving children alone in or around cars?
A14: Anyone can become a victim of these preventable deaths and injuries, but children are especially at risk. Risks can and do include abduction, heat stroke, hypothermia, setting a vehicle in motion, trunk entrapment and even fatal car crashes.
Q15: Why focus on this issue?
A15: People leave children unattended in or around vehicles more frequently than you may think. Harrison's Hope has documented more than 5,000 incidents involving children left alone in or around motor vehicles since 2000. In addition, it is not illegal in many states to leave children unattended in or around vehicles.
Q16: Who tracks the incidents that occur as a result of leaving children unattended in or around cars?
A16: No federal or state agency is currently collecting information related to deaths and injuries that occur as non-traffic incidents on private property.
Q17: Then, how can Harrison's Hope know the number of incidents that occur as a result of leaving children unattended in or around cars?
A17: Harrison's Hope maintains its own national database to evaluate the circumstances and consequences of leaving children unattended in or around cars.
Q18: How does Harrison's Hope maintain its database of incidents?
A18: Harrison's Hope has partnered with 4R Kids Sake to document incidents through the collection of newspaper clips and broadcast stories reporting incidents of children left unattended in or around vehicles.
Q19: How many incidents have been documented?
A19: In 2009, Harrison's Hope has documented 600 incidents involving 789 children left unattended in or around vehicles and 146 children who have lost their lives in these incidents. Overall since 2000, Harrison's Hope has documented more than 4,893 incidents involving 6,323 children. See chart for incidents tracked since 2003.
(as of 8/27/11)
Q20: What are the most common fatalities involving children left alone in or around a car?
A20: More than 80 percent of these fatalities result from hot weather or back over accidents.
Q21: How can deaths or injuries be prevented?
A21: The best thing adults can do is never leave children alone in or around a car, not even for a second. We offer the following tips to help prevent accidents:
Q22: What can I do if I see children left unattended in a vehicle?
A22: Help Harrison's Hope raise awareness about this important issue. Do not be afraid to tell parents or caregivers about the dangers when you see anyone leaving children unattended in a vehicle. If a child is left alone in a vehicle, call 911. Stay with the children until there is a safe environment.
Q23: How many states have legislation about leaving kids alone in cars?
A23: Fourteen states have laws protecting children left unattended in cars. The states with this legislation are: California , Connecticut , Hawaii (new in 2008), Florida , Illinois , Louisiana , Maryland , Nebraska , Nevada, Oklahoma (new in 2008), Pennsylvania , Tennessee, Texas , and Washington.
Q24: Do any other states have similar legislation?
A24: Kentucky and Missouri have laws that take effect if an injury or fatality occurs when a child is left unattended in a motor vehicle.
Q25: Are there any states with pending legislation?
A25: Yes. Each year Harrison?s Hope lobby?s for preventative legislation across the country.
Q26: Is anyone addressing the issue on a national level?
A26: Harrison's Hope is not currently lobbying in Washington D.C. for preventative legislation. It is our understanding that the type of legislation we are pursuing should be mandated at the state level. However, we would like to see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) track incidents involving kids in and around cars to show the true magnitude of the issue.
Q27: Has Harrison's Hope conducted any lobbying regarding this legislation?
A27: Harrison's Hope has successfully lobbied to pass a law in its home state of Missouri . The law calls for a person to be prosecuted if they knowingly leave a child under the age of 10 unattended in a vehicle. On May 12, 2000 , a bill passed the Missouri legislature that makes it a felony if a person is killed as a result of someone leaving a child in a car. Harrison's Hope continues to pursue legislation in the states that do not already have preventative laws. If you are interested in helping Harrison's Hope pursue legislation in your state, visit the Harrison's Hope Web site or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q28: What has Harrison's Hope done so far to promote the adoption of new legislation?
A28: Harrison's Hope is working with legislators in several states to raise the level of awareness regarding children being left alone inside vehicles and is pursuing preventative legislation in all 50 states.
Q29: These incidents don't happen too often. Why should state or federal governments get involved with criminal legislation?
A29: Because these deadly incidents are preventable. Legislation can raise awareness of the issue and serve as a deterrent to adults leaving children alone in or around vehicles.