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Tip: Put An “In Case Of Emergency” (ICE) Number In Your Phone.

Got a cellphone? Then you need to make sure there is a contact number in it in case of an emergency situation that you may be involved in. EMT workers don’t know that your mom’s name is Barbara or your significant-others’ name is Lisa, so they won’t know who to call from your address book in case something happens to you. But the contact EMT workers do know (and other emergency personnel) to look up is the phrase ICE – In Case of Emergency. From Wikipedia:

In case of emergency (ICE) is a programme that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information. The program was conceived in the mid-2000s and promoted by British paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone address book under the name “ICE”. Alternately, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as “ICE1”, “ICE2”, etc. The popularity of the program has spread across Europe and Australia, and has started to grow into North America.

I just added 2 different ICE numbers to my contact list, just in case. You never know when a situation may come up that you need it, but better be safe than sorry. Do it today.


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  2. My cell phone – which is not a fancy cell phone but rather was the free Verizon phone when I last renewed my contract – has a really nice ICE feature in it. It puts the ICE numbers at the top of your contacts, and lets you assign three of the numbers in your address book as ICE numbers. (I have my mom, my sister, and my boyfriend for mine.) It also has “Personal Info” below that, where you can put three notes. I put my blood type in the first note and in the second note I put where on my person my health insurance card could be found. I don’t have anything I can think of to put in the third note, but if I had any allergies, I’d list them in there.

  3. David says:

    Wow, that’s pretty cool Stephanie. Every phone should probably have that feature!

  4. Not a point many people think of on a daily basis, but an important one nonetheless.

    Good post

  5. Polprav says:

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  6. Melissa says:

    I have ICE numbers in my phone, but instead of putting ICE1, ICE2, I put ICE-Husband, ICE-mom, etc. That way whoever needs to get ahold of someone in an emergency, they know who exactly they’re calling and their relationship to me.

  7. Erin says:

    In the third note I put that I am an organ donor.

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