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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:03 AM

Accidents and other medical emergencies happen. If you were the victim of an accident, how would paramedics, police, or other emergency or medical personnel know who they should contact?

That's where ICE comes in.

The ICE concept started in the United Kingdom and has begun spreading to the United States. ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency." Emergency responders are being trained to look for ICE listings in victim's cell phone contact directories to speed notification of the victim's spouse, parent, or other important contact.

Most of us who carry cell phones have dozens, sometimes hundreds of names and numbers stored. but in an emergency, there would be no way for a paramedic to know which of those names is the one to contact if we are incapacitated. That's where ICE comes in.

Simply create an entry named ICE, or several entries named ICE1, ICE 2, etc. with the numbers of those you want contacted, in the order you want them tried. For example, my ICE1 is my home number. My ICE2 is my wife's cell phone. ICE3 and ICE 4 are my son and daughter. If something were to happen to me, the paramedics can look for the ICE listings and in a matter of seconds be in contact with my family.

ICE numbers can even be entered into the speed dial listings of your home phones or, if your home phones don't have number storage, simply write it on a piece of paper and tape it to your phones.



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Posted 23 August 2005 - 02:31 AM

Now that's, a good idea.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 03:23 AM

We have been doing this in the UK for some time now, but it has spawned a whole load of hoax chain emails saying that this can render your cell-phone vulnerable to viruses - not true.

http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/icephone.asp

The message from the urban myth site above also makes the sensible point that you should also enter the contact details on paper somewhere in your purse, in case any emergency worker finds difficulty accessing the contacts directory of an unknown cell phone.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 05:48 AM

An absolutely brilliant idea!

Great find, Koan! :thumbsup:

Edited by Scarlett, 23 August 2005 - 05:49 AM.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 01:17 PM

Thanks for the link, luci2a.
Good info.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 04:51 PM

You're welcome :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 01:45 AM

I did this to my phone, and will try to convince GF to do the same. I got this in a e-mail weeks ago. Great idea...

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 11:36 AM

One additional item to this good idea is this. For those who lock their phones. Write down the unlock code and any other pertinent instructions to operate your phone. Then tape that information to the identification you carry on your person. Since there are so many types of phones and ways to lock them. It would be virtually impossible for someone to know every application. Also it will save precious minutes in the event that it's really needed.

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 02:36 AM

We have made some little laminated cards, the size of a credit card, for my 94 year old, very independent mother to carry in her purse. They show her name and address, and our contact details. (we don't have ID cards in the UK - yet) She doesn't have a cell phone.

Now I must make some for the rest of us, also containing the ICE details we have in our phones, and how to access them - backing up both systems.

Hope it will never be necessary for them to be needed, but we feel more secure.

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 11:05 AM

Just came off an interstate highway in Illinois and on the overhead informational signs they are urging you to use ICE . I had no idea what they were talking about til I came on here and happened to see this post. I had not heard a thing about it before

Thanks!!!! :thumbsup: KoanYorel for your post or I would stil be in the dark
going to program all the families cell phones with ICE

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 12:56 PM

ICE is a good idea but i think if someone need to contact someone from my mobile, home, mum and dad would be first to be called




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