ICE – In Case of Emergency
Programming of Emergency Contact Numbers in Cell Phones
ICE – In Case of Emergency – programming of cell phones is a concept that was developed by a paramedic in England. He realized that most of his victims did not carry emergency contact information but did carry cell phones. So the campaign he started was to get people who carry cell phone to put in a listing of ICE in their cell phone directory with a number that should be called In Case of an Emergency.
With over 190 million cell phone users in the United States, this could be very valuable to a lot of people in times of an emergency.
It is simple to do. First type the acronym ICE in your contact directory of your cell phone then the phone number of the person to be contacted in an emergency.
It has also be suggested that you add a period at the beginning of the acronym. This puts the listing first on the directory list. Thus .ice This also makes it quick for you to call this number since on most cell phone – after you push the Phonebook button the first entry is highlighted and ready for you to push the send button to make the call.
Some individuals like to add the name of the person after the ICE acronym. Thus, if someone wanted Bob to be called in an emergency, the contact listing might look like: ice-bob
A number of public safety agencies here in the United States are training their first responders to look for the ICE acronym in the cell phones of those that are not able to tell the first responder who to call in case of an emergency.
It has been proven that the ability to get vital health and medical information about a victim can be very important in how paramedics may treat someone who is unconscious.
The use of ICE for children can be very important because most do not carry wallets that would provide other important contact information. An ICE-mom or ICE-dad could be very important in providing this emergency contact.