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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

ICE - In Case of Emergency

In preparation for our trip, I have been doing MORE than my fair share of reading and I have my favorite RV blogs that I frequent. The amount of information I am gathering is quite astounding! As most of you know, I spend summers at our cottage and I had heard of the ICE Campaign while I was there a couple of years ago. When my husband was home and I was at the cottage, it was reassuring to me that I have a couple of different ICE contacts loaded into my cell phone. Just in case. One never knows! I ran across this article that I thought I'd share with some of you...never know when it'll come in handy! Certainly makes sense to me!!

Apparently this is a standard procedure all paramedics follow at the scene of an accident when they come across your cell phone: ICE - ‘In Case of Emergency’.

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! Please forward this. It won’t take too many ‘forwards’ before everybody will know about this, and we all have email even if we don’t have a cell phone. 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.


CrystalChick said...

Really great idea. I had heard of that before but being the rule breaker I am at times... well, I just put 'husband' in when I programed my phone. What an even better idea though to use the ICE because you can have the extra people listed by 1, 2 , etc.
Good info!

Brenda said...

That's a great idea!

Katya said...

Wow, great idea! Who ever would have thought of such a simple thing other than someone who deals with such situations?

Thanks for sharing!

Kellan said...

This is a GREAT idea and I am going to have my girls put these numbers in their phones!!

Have a good day, Jeanne - see you - Kellan

Tiggerlane said...

I have my hubby as "Ice" - which can tend to fit his demeanor. LOL! But this is a GREAT idea...everyone should do this! Thanks for spreading the word!

lisaschaos said...

I was just telling my husband this a couple of weeks ago. He travels a lot and I worry about him getting in a ditch or something but me not knowing.

Pamela said...

the 1,2,and 3 answered my question. I was thinking who should I Ice?