ICE Your Phone
Adding In Case of Emergency (ICE) as a contact to your cell/mobile phone is a clever means by which Emergency Personnel can find your Next of Kin when something goes wrong. This simple idea was thought up by a British paramedic, Bob Brotchie, when recognising the need for speed if trying to locate the next of kin in an emergency.
Open your phone’s address book and add a new contact.
- Name the Contact -ICE Home Note… put a hyphen (-) in front of the name so that the entry will appear at the top of your Contacts listing.
- Make one or two other entries, i.e. -ICE Work or -ICE Friend’s Name, etc.
- Make sure these are people who know you well and who could perhaps answer questions about your allergies, general health and previous accidents or illness.
- Let your family and friends know that you’ve done this and encourage them to do so as well. This will help emergency personnel decide who to call when there is a need for speed.
Clearly you should try to keep your phone with you and accessible in your pocket or bag so that paramedics can reach it with ease. You might even want to put a sticker on your phone that says you have ICE’d you phone.
Owners of iPhones can download the “iEmergency+” application from the Apple app store