Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ICE - 'In Case of Emergency'

Apparently this is a standard procedure all paramedics follow at the scene of an accident when they come across your cell phone.

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell(mobile) phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as 'ICE'.

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference!

Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our mobile phones today! It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.

5 comments:

Imelda said...

i haven't given a thought of it until u posted it here now. thanks for the info. . .

Angeline said...

I only have ICE1 and this post made me feel that its definitely NOT sufficient! I must have more ICE contacts!

nelson said...

wow thanks for sharing this idea... i worked in ER before and we also used the victims' wallets to check for contacts... this ICE thingy is a brilliant idea... i hope everybody picks up on this...

joy said...

thanks for sharing this concept, i'll make sure that my phone has ICe and i'll inform my lovedones about it as well.

Anonymous said...

I believe the best FREE resource internationally would be the Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) with over 15 million users in just less than 5 years. Our churches use this service nationwide in the USA, the UK and in Africa. We used NOKR during the Tsunami in Asia and post many daily concerns. I can attest that this is the premier resource and that the ICE program has many flaws that could hurt a user. Example; What if you loose your phone? What if someone gets your phone and try's to scam the ice contact (give us a visa or MasterCard to check in your family to a hospital or please wire funds to help your family member or if the contacts give you a SS# and DOB to scam the identity) people will do very bad things in trying situations? What is in place to prevent just these few concerns?