Emergency: Ohio Next-Of-Kin Database Opens

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has a new way to help notify family members more quickly whenever there's an accident or other emergency involving a loved one.

At noon Monday, Ohio launches one of the nation's first statewide registries for next-of-kin information, and residents may start providing the names of people who should be contacted.

The information will be entered into a secure database accessible only by law enforcement in case of a serious injury.

The registry is voluntary. Anyone with an Ohio driver license or state identification card may submit their emergency contact information either at a Bureau of Motor Vehicles office or online (at www.bmv.ohio.gov).