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.
(From the Backwoods Home Magazine
BHM Newsletter Volume 7 Number 8 August 21, 2005
Thanks and gratitude go out to East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie who came up with the idea.)