Monday, September 17, 2007

ICE'ing Your Cell Phone

I got an email today from a former co-worker that I hadn't heard from in ages. Every great once in awhile, though, a message will pop up from Dave letting me know that he's still alive and kicking at his new job (well, it's not new per say, he left for it years ago!). Generally the email is something that has been forwarded along and the vast majority of them I'll read and them hit the 'delete' key but ones that I feel are important or particularly funny I'll forward along.

Today's email from Dave was about the "ICE" campaign and I thought it was worth passing along. I actually programmed this into my cell phone quite some time ago and even though it's never been used (thank goodness!) I think it's a good thing for everyone to have. Please take a moment to read the following then grab your cell phone and program in your own "ICE". Someday you may be glad you did!
"We all carry our mobile phones with names and 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 whom to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

Hence the "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) campaign. The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergencies. As cell 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. This is 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!"


  1. Anonymous9:38 PM EDT

    I have an EMT friend and he made sure all of us had ICE in our phones as well. I'll pass the word along on my end of the blogosphere too, Thanks!

  2. okay i just did this and thanks, it's a great idea. i will also post about it to help spread the word...

    smiles, bee

  3. Now that is a great idea!

    **goes to get the phone**

  4. we did this a few months was a bit of drama about who would be called first....


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