Yesterday when I was renewing my license plates online at the Illinois Secretary of State site, I found a separate listing for the State of Illinois Emergency Contact Database, which has apparently been in existence since 2009. Who knew? Check it out: www.cyberdriveillinois.com
Anyway, anyone in Illinois with a driver’s license, instruction permit, or ID cardholder can enter emergency contact info into a secure database. If you are in an emergency situation and unable to communicate, law enforcement can access the database to help find your designated emergency contacts. I would recommend that one of these designated emergency contacts has your medical power of attorney designation. (You already took care of this after you read a previous post all about this, right?)
You can enter up to two people who do not have to reside in Illinois. You can update the info at any time, including deleting if you so choose. While you have to enter the individual’s address, you can choose whether to include home, work, and/or mobile phone info.
Until yesterday I wasn’t aware of this, and I’m sure that you and a lot of others in Illinois don’t know about this, either.
If you live outside the state of Illinois, does your state have this emergency contact option? I personally think it’s a good idea. I’d love to have your input on this.