Cell Phone ICE

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Car accidents and medical emergencies happen all the time too. If you were unconscious, would first responders know how to contact your family? Could paramedics find out about your medications, allergies, or health conditions? Fortunately, it takes five minutes and zero dollars to make sure those first responders can reach your emergency contacts if you’re the one unconscious. You just have to “ICE” your cell phone. “ICE” stands for “in case of emergency.” If you add the prefix “ICE” to your emergency contacts in your phone’s contact list, first responders will know to call them first. So if Jane Doe is your emergency contact, simply change her entry in your contact list from “Jane Doe” to “ICE: Jane Doe.” A paramedic in the United Kingdom, Bob Brotchie, came up with the idea. Perhaps you remember when he promoted the ICE system in 2005, gaining a lot of media attention as the system caught on in other countries, especially after the London bombings that summer. Even though the ICE system made national headlines in the United States, haven’t “iced” their phones. If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing and update your phone contact list right now. It won’t cost you more than a few minutes – and it could save your life some day. Here are tips for getting the most out of your icing…
 Don’t password protect your phone or icing it is pointless. Alternatively, some phones have programmable ICE buttons that a first responder can press to call your emergency contacts without having to unlock the phone. Ask your carrier if your phone has this ability.
 “ICE” multiple emergency contacts. In case one emergency contact can’t get to the phone when the paramedics call, pick two or three emergency contacts. Some people who have multiple ICE contacts label them something like “ICE1: Jane Doe,” “ICE2: John Doe,” etc. That way, the paramedics will know you have multiple emergency contacts, regardless of which one they scroll to first.
 Use relationships instead of names. For example, your ICE contact might be labeled “ICE: mom” instead of “ICE: her name”. Do this for non-ICE contacts too, just in case. So my brother is in my phone as “brother” instead of “Peyton.” If a person finds your and is nice enough to try to return it, he/she would knew which would be a good contact to call to let you know where the phone could be picked up.
 Supplement your ICE. If you have any medical conditions or drug allergies or take any medications, you should have more than ICE for emergencies. If not a medical bracelet, put something in your wallet.
 ICE friends and family. Next time you talk to your folks or others you love that could benefit from ICEing, tell them about it. And if they’re tech-challenged, do it for them.
[Source: MoneyTalksNews Karla Bowsher article 22 Mar 2012 ++]

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