How To Use An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone

There’s one question about ICE Contacts that we get from iPhone users all the time.  When you think about it, it’s pretty important so we decided to take care of it in its own blog post.  

What is it?

Okay I Have An ICE Contact, But What Happens If I Password Protect My iPhone?

Good question.  

After all, iCE contacts are great – as long as emergency personnel can actually SEE your iCE information.  But what if you lock your iPhone with a password? 

Believe it or not, in many cities emergency workers aren’t allowed to break into a password protected mobile phone, even in an emergency.  Which means that having an iCE contact on a password protected phone is useless, right?  


As long as you set up your iCE contact correctly, all an emergency worker has to do is ask Siri to retrieve it for them!

And THAT is why we suggest that you put nothing but the word iCE in the Name field of your iCE Contact.   Then put the contact’s name in the Company Name field instead.  If you don’t already have an ICE Contact on your iPhone, be sure to read the blog post.

Even when your iPhone is password locked, all you have to do is Press and Hold Down the Main Home Key on your phone to access Siri.  Then say to Siri, “Contacts ICE”.   Siri will then display all the information you have saved as iCE.  If you place any other words in the name field besides iCE, your phone will sort it differently and Siri won’t recognize the contact as iCE.

Remember, if someone is looking for your iCE Contact, you may be unconscious and unable to communicate medical information for yourself.   In fact, if you do tend to password lock your phone, you should definitely put vital medical information like allergies or chronic illnesses into the Notes Section of your contact as well, just in case the iCE contact is the only contact on your phone that medical personnel can access.

Take a look at the graphic below or at the video at the beginning of this post, to see what happens when you ask Siri for your iCE Contact.

And if you’re a healthcare professional, remember these instructions the next time you encounter an unconscious patient with a locked iPhone.  Press and hold down the main home key to access Siri and say “Contacts ICE”.  You never know.  That one little question might just uncover all of the information you need to save a life!


What If Siri Won’t Bring Up That Contact When Your Phone Is Password Locked?

On a few iPhones, depending on the model and operating system, Siri won’t bring up any contacts when your phone is locked.  The best time to find out if this is true for your phone, is now – before someone needs to find your iCE Contact!  All you have to do is set up your contact, lock your phone and ask Siri for the contact. 

If Siri doesn’t locate the contact, simply put your iCE Contact information on your lock screen as a graphic.  Problem solved!

Need to learn how to ICE your smartphone?   Just click on this link to download our free ICE My Phone Kit and follow our instructions to set up your family’s iCE Contacts.   



Do yourself a favor.  Take five minutes right now to set up your family’s iCE contacts.  That way your family will have all the information they need to stay safe and secure, no matter what the situation. 

Talk about peace of mind!

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iphonebookweblgIn our book”Keep This Book In Your iPhone ” we’ve squeezed all of the information you need to turn your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or any other smartphone into a real life saver.  A few minutes with this book, and you’ll know how to stash all of your vital information, backed up photos, family emergency plans and contacts in your phone, where they’ll be at your fingertips, ready to help you through life’s little speed bumps.  Like Superstorm Sandy.   Pick up your copy today for $12.95 at

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The People who keep your company moving

If your city is struck by a tornado, earthquake or other disaster, it isn’t just your company that will be affected – so will your employees.

In fact, the recovery of your company may very well rely on the resilience of all of the people who work for you.  If their homes and families aren’t in one piece after a disaster, they won’t be able to come to work to help your company recover.

That’s why we created a new Customized Version of Get Your Stuff Together for Companies & Organizations just like yours.

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Get Your Stuff Together gives you and your employees quick, easy 5 minute tasks designed to keep the people, the vital information and the things they love safe and sound.  Whether the danger comes from a simple computer meltdown or a large scale natural disaster, your employees will have everything they need to deal with it, right at their fingertips.

Each section of this 230+ page book highlights a different area, ranging from family photos, medical and financial information, vital documents and music, to videos, computer files, contacts and social media.

Once they’ve safeguarded everything that they love and need, our Grab It And Go Forms & Family Action Plans give your employees easy to create, actionable back up plans that are ready to go – whenever they need them, where ever they are – 24/7.


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But most of all, it’s a gift that not only shows your employees how much you care about them, it’s a valuable resource that will help them keep their loved ones, their home, their vital information, documents and their treasured keepsakes safe, secure and protected from life’s little and not so little speed bumps – like Superstorm Sandy.

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How To Fill Out Your Family’s Emergency Contact Cards

In the days after 9/11, two thousand, one hundred children were left stranded in daycare.


Because their parents hadn’t filled out one of the fields on their daycare emergency contact cards.

“Who should we contact if you are not able to pick up your child?”

How could something so basic, strand two thousand children on one of the scariest days in American history?


The inability or refusal to take two minutes to think through what might happen, if they and their spouse were unable to reach their child.  The ridiculous thing is, it doesn’t even have to take a real emergency for this to happen.  You could be stuck on the freeway, or trapped in an airplane you were certain would arrive on time.

So take a few moments to think about it.  And please, please don’t just jot down the first name that pops into your head!

Imagine that you have an accident or are in the middle of a transportation nightmare and you and your spouse are unable to pick up your child from school one afternoon.  Now imagine that you can’t get to her for two or three days.  Who would you want taking care of her?

Choosing Your Emergency Contacts

You need someone who knows your child extremely well.  Someone who would be able to calm her down and would have the energy to care for her.  Someone who knows what she likes and dislikes.  And, in case of extreme emergency like September 11th, it would really help to have someone with the ability, brains and fortitude to help locate you or your spouse, if overburdened emergency personnel weren’t able to help.

That’s the kind of thought you need to put into emergency planning, especially where your children are concerned.

Medical History

Now what about your child’s medical history?  Some schools or day care centers don’t even provide a card for medical history, or the one they provide might be so sparse that it would be useless in a true medical emergency.  Don’t forget that you can simply create your own medical history card and see that it’s stored with your child’s records.  That way you can be sure that the information you would want emergency personnel to have in an emergency, will be right at their fingertips.

If you have already completed the section on Medical Information, you already have Medical History Forms for you and your children.  So grab their forms and let’s see how you did with them.

Did you include a current list of chronic conditions, allergies, medications and vitamins along with the dosage?  A list of all of your child’s health providers including specialists, dentists and other professionals who see your child on a regular basis?

Did you jot down things that a nurse or physician might need to know to help calm your child down while treating her, until you’re able to be at the hospital?   Your child’s likes and dislikes, favorite foods or toys or anything else that might help.   No matter how old your child is, kids tend to regress a bit when they’re hurting or frightened, so the information you provide here can go a long way towards keeping them calm and helping the medical team give them the treatment they need until you arrive at the hospital.

Take the emergency contact card from your child’s school or daycare provider and fill it in with your carefully-chosen emergency contacts as well as the information from the medical information form.  Like we said, if there’s not enough room to detail important information, just ask the school to store the medical information form you created earlier along with the emergency card.  And be sure to store the medical information form, or a link to it, in your smartphone in case you need to refer to it in an emergency.

Your Own Emergency Contact Card 

Just because you and your spouse are adults doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take your own emergency cards seriously.  Do we have to remind you about all the runners who have been rushed to the hospital in the middle of a 10K without a scrap of medical information?  Didn’t think so!

The moment you begin a job, register for school or run a marathon, you’re going to have to fill out your own card.  The best way to do it?  Exactly like you did for your kids.

Before you jot down your spouse and no one else as an emergency contact, take some time to think of another person or two, who you would want to be notified in an emergency.  Your spouse might be out of town, stuck with a dead cell phone or worse might be involved in the same emergency.

If that’s the case who would you want to be there with you?  Who would you trust to make decisions for you?  To take care of your children if need be, or keep things going until your spouse or other relatives arrive?

And take the same care with your medical history as you did with your children’s.  If there isn’t enough room on the contact form for allergies, medications or other vital information, attach the medical information form — if you don’t have one check out this post – or if you’re not comfortable with that, attach an additional page of information to make sure your emergency form would actually help in an emergency!

Taking five minutes now to turn your emergency contact card into a truly valuable document, could be one of the smartest things you’ve ever done.

ICE My Phone – The Launch

If you’ve been reading our blog for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that we talk about ICEing your phone.

Have you ever wondered why?

One simple reason.  Because everyone is always asking us how to put an ICE Contact on their phone!

They know they need one, they know they want one, but they’re not quite sure how to get it or what to put in it once they do it.

That’s why we’re launching #ICEMyPhone.  Our mission is to get the word out to everyone in the US and the UK about how easy it is to put an ICE Contact on their cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices.

What is an iCE Contact?

During the London Bombings and Hurricane Katrina, so many people were injured and separated from their families that a London paramedic named Bob Brotchie came up with the idea of telling people to put an iCE – In Case of Emergency – contact on their cell phones.   Now, hospitals worldwide, check patient’s phones for their iCE contact, to locate their next of kin.

Why is it important to have one?

The most important reason every member of your family should have an ICE Contact on his or her phone, is because you can’t be everywhere, all the time.

There’s always one person in every family who keeps everyone else going.  The person who can recite every illness and prescription drug his or her kids, spouse and dogs have ever had.  Usually it’s the wife, but you never know!

But when your family is at work, or school or at different activities all over town there’s NO way that you can be with them every second of every day.  But you CAN tuck all of that information into an ICE Contact on their cell phone, so a doctor or an emergency room can use it to take care of them, until you get there.

Every year more than one million people enter the ER unconscious or unable to give the hospital their vital information.  On average it takes hospitals over 6 hours to find a patient’s vital information, and that’s if they have the patient’s name.

ICE My Phone Kit and Graphic

To get people excited about iCEing their phone, we’re not only starting the #ICEMyPhone Campaign, but we’re asking well-known people like Donna Miller of Blog Talk Radio’s Your Preparation Station, to design an original iCE Contact Graphic for their fans, followers and listeners.

Just this week I had the pleasure of doing an interview on Donna’s show Surviving on Shoestrings to kick off the #ICEMyPhone Campaign.  Here is the first half of that interview.

Or you can listen to it from her show page at this link.

And if you’d like to get our ICE My Phone Kit for FREE, here’s a link where you can opt in and download it:  The ICE My Phone Kit is filled with How-To instructions on how to ICE your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Android Phones and iPod Touch along with Donna Miller’s one-of-a-kind ICE Contact Graphics.


ICE Contact Graphics can be uploaded to any smartphone, just like any other photo, so it will appear next to the contact’s name to let emergency personnel know that this is an iCE Contact.

Pretty cool huh?    So listen to the interview when you get a few minutes, grab your download and take five minutes today to ICE your family’s phones.

Then share this link with two, three or five hundred of your closest friends and family.   Let’s put ICE on every phone in America.

Have fun ICEing your phone!

Laura and Jan

Apple Announces iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch!

Great news from Apple!  Looks like iPhone 6, iOS 8 and the new Apple Watch are on their way.  The two new iPhone 6 models will be larger than the iPhone 5 and 5S — so that’s already great news.  And the Watch, looks amazing.

I hear that there may be a dedicated ICE Contact on the new phones — hope so — and as soon as we get details on it we’ll let you know.  And of course as soon as we have a new how-to sheet for putting an ICE Contact on the iPhone 6, we’ll post it, tweet it, Facebook it and YouTube it ASAP.

Until then, don’t forget you can always catch the directions for the current iPhones right here on this blog.  

Have a great week!

Laura and Jan 

How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPod Touch

Right click graphic to download PDF Version.

Did you know that your iPod Touch can save your life?

The secret is letting your iPod do the talking for you in an emergency.  And the way to do that, is with iCE.

What is ICE?

During Hurricane Katrina, so many people were injured, unconscious and separated from their families that emergency workers came up with the idea of putting an iCE – In Case Of Emergency – Contact in their cell phones.  Now, when a patient who is unconscious or unable to speak comes into the emergency room, hospitals worldwide check their smartphone for an iCE contact, to help them locate their next of kin.

But what about the times when you or your children don’t have your smartphone with you?  Like when you’re out running or playing sports?  All those times you don’t have room in a pocket – if you even have a pocket – for a full-sized phone.  I bet you or your kids have something else with you though.   Your iPod Touch.   And thanks to the nice, brilliant folks at Apple, you can put an ICE Contact on it – no sweat.  

Grab Your iPod Touch & Let’s Get Started

Before you begin, you’d better decide who your iCE Contacts will be. 

The first one of course will be your spouse, partner, best friend or close relative.  Someone that you want there with you at the hospital or, if need be, making decisions on your behalf.  But what if that person is also injured, or is out of town or forgot to charge their phone?  Why not choose one additional person to be an iCE Contact – someone very close to you, who you know will drop everything to race to your side and handle things until your significant other can be reached.

Let’s set up your first iCE Contact.

Touch the Contacts Icon on your iPod Touch to open up your Contacts.  Click on the plus sign + to add a new contact and touch the Name Field.  Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word ICE

By the way, if you don’t see a plus sign to add a new contact, it just means that you need to turn on iCloud first.  Just Go to Settings, then Choose iCloud and turn on Contacts.

Now touch the Company Name Field.  Here is where you put your contact’s name along with his or her relationship to you.  For example, John Jones – Husband.  That way a doctor or nurse reading it, will know that this contact is your husband. 

Time To Make Your iPod Touch Do Some Heavy Lifting…

The best thing about an iPod is that you can put everything that you need to communicate, right inside this one contact.   Here’s the basic information you need to include:

♦  Your emergency contact’s main phone number, mobile number and work number.

♦  Email Address & IM, Twitter or Facebook address (these are vital in case you need to send that contact an emergency message or quick update).

♦  Your contact’s schedule if there are specific days that he or she is at a certain location.

♦  Be sure to include every piece of information you can.   Why?  When people are injured in a regional emergency, like a tornado or an earthquake, not every type of communication will be working.  For instance, after the Japan earthquake, many people were able to reach each other via Twitter or Facebook even though their landlines and Wi-Fi weren’t working.

Like most smartphones, your iPod also lets you change, add or create fields inside the contact, so that you can customize it as much as you like.  In general, all you need to do is touch and hold the name of the field that you want to change.  This will bring up a menu of alternate field names to choose from, including the option to Create A Field and add whatever you need.

But what about information that doesn’t fit into an iPod Touch field?  That’s when you turn to your new best friend – the Notes section.   Notes holds quite a bit of information, so simply put the miscellaneous information you need to communicate, in there.

What kind of information? 

A list of Allergies, the Medications you’re currently taking, Names and Phone Numbers of your Healthcare Providers and contact information for your Insurance Company.  Just make sure you don’t put any member numbers, social security numbers or financial information in your phone.  


What Other Types of Information Should I Put In My iCE Contact?

Whatever you want.  Let’s say that two or three lines of Current Medications and Allergies isn’t enough.  Then why not create a medical history form for yourself and every member of the family, put it in a password protected online folder, and place the link to it in the Notes section of your iCE Contact.  This way a doctor can access your, your spouse’s or your kid’s basic medical history, while you’re en route to the hospital. 

If you don’t have your own Medical History Form, go ahead and download ours.  Just right click on the link and save it to your desktop. 

And while you’re at it, you can put medical treatment release forms for your children in the folder as well, and place the links to those forms in their ICE contacts.  You can also put in links to a full list of contacts or emergency numbers, or links to your family’s evacuation plan and gathering locations, so that every member of your family always has all the information they need, right at their fingertips.

By the way, don’t forget to make emergency cards for your family too.  Download them here, and tuck them into their wallets with their ID, just in case their mobile phones  can’t be accessed after an accident or regional emergency. 

Let’s Make Sure No One Misses It!

Make your ICE contacts stand out by using the Add Photo function to upload a graphic like these.


You can either make your own graphic or download ours free from the Free Resources Page.  Once you pick the ones you want, Save Target/Link As and save the graphics to your desktop.   

What About The Rest of The Family?

Every family has one person who keeps everyone else organized.  And since you’re reading this post, something tells me it’s probably you! 

If that’s the case, it’s up to you to ensure every member of your household not only has iCE Contacts set up on his or her iPod, but that everyone’s iPhones and smartphones contain all of the contact information for every other family member.  That way you’ll be able to get in touch with each other as quickly as possible in an emergency.

And don’t forget that you can always put an iCE Contact in your family’s iPhones and smartphones as well.    We’ll even make it easy for you.  Just read the post , or right click How To Put An iCE Contact On Your iPhone to download the PDF version and follow the instructions to set up your family’s iCE Contacts.   

For the downloadable PDF version of How To Put An iCE Contact on your iPad, right click this link and Save Target/Link As to save it to your desktop.

Do yourself a favor.  Take five minutes right now to set up your family’s iCE contacts.  That way your family will have all the information they need to stay safe and secure, no matter what the situation. 

Talk about peace of mind!

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Create Your Family’s Evacuation Plan

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This is just a fraction of the tools and resources you’ll find in our latest book “Get Your Stuff Together,” now available on for $24.99. Over 200 pages packed with the info you and your family need to keep everything that’s important to you — photos, music, videos, data and keepsakes — safe from life’s little and not so little emergencies.  Pick up your copy today for $24.99 at

iphonebookweblgIn our book”Keep This Book In Your iPhone ” we’ve squeezed all of the information you need to turn your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or any other smartphone into a real life saver.  A few minutes with this book, and you’ll know how to stash all of your vital information, backed up photos, family emergency plans and contacts in your phone, where they’ll be at your fingertips, ready to help you through life’s little speed bumps.  Like Superstorm Sandy.   Pick up your copy today for $12.95 at

Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular

Objetivo: Coloque la información de emergencia que usted y su familia necesitan dentro de sus teléfonos celulares y teléfonos inteligentes.

Después del Huracán Katrina y el tsunami y otros desastres recientes, alguien salio con la idea de poner una anotación de ICE, (abreviatura para “en caso de emergencia” — “In Case Of Emergency” — en Ingles), en su teléfono celular, para hacer destacar los contactos de urgencia a los trabajadores de emergencias. Hoy en día la mayoría de los hospitales buscan entradas de ICE en los teléfonos celulares de los pacientes inconscientes.

Si un desastre ocurriera en este momento, donde usted está sentado y lo único que pudiera agarrar fuera su teléfono celular, tendría todo lo que necesita para:

  • ¿Contactar a sus seres queridos?
  • ¿Revelar sus contactos de emergencias al personal de emergencia?
  • ¿Informar su información médica básica si está lesionado y no puede comunicarse?
  • ¿Sobrevivir utilizando la información de su teléfono, hasta llegar a casa, a sus seres queridos, o a su ubicación segura planificada con anterioridad?

Con algo de reflexión y planificación, usted puede convertir su teléfono celular / teléfono inteligente en un centro de comando móvil de emergencia. No sólo eso, le vamos a dar a usted, hospitales y personal de emergencia, la información necesaria para salvarle la vida a usted o la vida de algún miembro de su familia, justo en el contacto de ICE.

De hecho, no es tan sólo los nombres de los contactos sino los contactos en si que pueden salvar su vida al proporcionar información vital en caso de emergencia. Hace poco se produjo un incendio en nuestro vecindario, que comenzó en el 32avo piso de un rascacielos. Era la una de la mañana en una de las noches más frías del año. No habían electricidad, ni ascensores y ni telefónico regular. Una mujer estaba no sólo con miedo por ella misma, sino también por los que ella cuidaba – una pareja de noventa años de edad, que se sentó acurrucada en la cercanía.

El apartamento rápidamente se llenaba con humo. El problema era que la proveedora no tenía ni idea de donde venia el fuego. Ella llamó a su marido que se encontraba en otro Estado. El se metió al Internet y encontró una cobertura de noticias locales en vivo y pudo decirle a su esposa en qué piso era el fuego y que el departamento de bomberos ya estaba en la escena. Ella sabía que estaría segura por el momento y pudo esperar hasta que los bomberos golpearon a su puerta para llevarla a ella y a la pareja a un lugar seguro. La Moraleja de la historia es de tener cuantas opciones de conectividad disponibles como sean posibles. Nunca se sabe cual le podría salvar su vida.

Suministros:  Formas Medicas Familiares de Tómalo y Llévatelo y su Plan de Evacuación de Listo En 10.

Si tiene una pareja , parientes o los niños que evacuaran con usted, actualice sus teléfonos celulares primero. Utilice los dos contactos de emergencia principales de la Forma Medica de Tómalo y Llévatelo de cada miembro de la familia.

Dependiendo del modelo de teléfono celular, usted debería ser capaz de poner bastante información en cada uno de esos contactos. El nombre del contacto por supuesto será ICE, pero puede poner el primer nombre del contacto y la relación (por ejemplo Blanca – mamá) en el campo de nombre de la empresa, por lo que un médico al leerla sabrá que este contacto es madre del paciente.

Juegue con los demás campos, hasta que llene toda la información que le sea posible. Por ejemplo:

  • Número de teléfono principal de su contacto de emergencia
  • Número del teléfono celular
  • Número del trabajo
  • Dirección de correo electrónico
  • Dirección de mensajería instantánea, Twitter y Facebook en caso que pueda enviar mensajes de emergencia o actualizaciones rápidas
  • Un enlace de URL directo a un documento que contenga la información de emergencia completa e historial medico del propietario del teléfono

Para descargar una guía para incluir contactos de emergencia a su iPhone, vaya a pagina.

Si tiene un teléfono inteligente, también puede guardar su plan de Listo En 10 como un archivo en el teléfono, o simplemente escriba los detalles de los lugares de evacuación de su familia en un segundo o tercer contacto en sus teléfonos. De esta forma, si ocurre un desastre cuando están fuera de casa, cada miembro de la familia siempre tendrá las ubicaciones, números de teléfono y otra información vital al alcance de su mano.

En su propio teléfono, coloque sus contactos de ICE de la misma manera. Si tiene un teléfono inteligente, también puede almacenar copias de las formas del historial clínico de su familia, listas rápidas y Plan Listo En 10, justo en el teléfono. Dado que es usted el Centro De Comando Móvil de su familia, asegúrese de introducir los números celulares, direcciones de correos electrónicos, y direcciones de texto de las personas evacuando con usted y cualquier otro numero que usted pudiera necesitar mientras esta evacuado.

Viviendo En Un Estado De Constante Comunicación  

En medio de un día ocupado, pero sosegado en una sala de conferencias de una universidad del medio oeste, el silencio de repente fue atravesado por una lluvia de disparos. Los estudiantes corrieron fuera de la sala y se refugiaban bajo las mesas. Quienes no podían moverse intentaron hacerse tan invisible como fuera posible hasta que llegara ayuda. Ese día en la Universidad Northern Illinois (NIU), cinco estudiantes perdieron la vida y muchos otros resultaron heridos. Conforme la policía y seguridad luchaban por controlar la situación, unas pocas personas pudieron enterarse de lo que estaba sucediendo, en tiempo real. Tuvieron la suerte de saber que sus hijos o compañeros estaban bien.

La Masacre En NIU: Facebook y Twitter Al Rescate

Así que ¿cómo fue que algunos padres y amigos tuvieron una vista en tiempo real de la tragedia en NIU? Facebook y Twitter! Tan increíble cómo suena, los estudiantes ingeniosamente encontraron una manera de utilizar su método favorito de mantenerse en contacto con amigos, como una herramienta para conectarse con el mundo exterior en tiempos de crisis.

Los estudiantes atrapados bajo escritorios y mesas agarraron sus teléfonos inteligentes y comenzaron a comunicarse. Tweets salieron en Twitter, notas y mensajes salieron en las páginas de Facebook. Los mensajes les revelo a amigos y a familiares que los estudiantes que estuvieron en medio de todo, estaban bien.

Otros le comunicaron a seres queridos o a agentes de seguridad donde los estudiantes atrapados se encontraban, facilitando así su rescate. Amigos se mandaron mensajes de texto entre si para ver donde estaba cada quien. En las horas que siguieron habían ya creado páginas en Facebook conmemorando a los caídos.

Fue un asombroso despliegue de gente, acostumbrada a mantenerse en contacto con amigos 24/7, usando la misma tecnología para comunicarse, conectarse, sobrevivir y sanar.

Teléfonos inteligentes, teléfonos móviles y ordenadores portátiles son una GRAN manera para permanecer en contacto durante una emergencia. Ya sea que envíe un simple correo electrónico o texto, o envía tweets o publica en las paginas de Facebook, en segundos, puede averiguar la ubicación de todos sus seres queridos, descubrir si están todos bien, o necesitan ayuda, e incluso movilizar a familiares y amigos para estar al lado de los enfermos o heridos. En una grave situación de emergencia, incluso puede confirmar o actualizar los planes de emergencia, como lugares de reunión, con información en tiempo real.

Lo más importante es que la tecnología puede juntar a sus seres queridos, justo cuando se necesitan más. Esto se acaba de comprobar en el terremoto de 7,0 de Haití. Aquí esta una cita de CNN: “La comunicación con personas en Haití fue, en el mejor de los casos superficial y lograda principalmente a través de los sitios de redes sociales como Twitter y You Tube y a través de teléfono por Internet.”

Por lo tanto ¿cómo puede su familia utilizar la tecnología en una emergencia?

Cuando usted creó su Plan Listo En 10, usted se aseguro de reunir direcciones de correo electrónico de cada miembro de la familia, texto, nombres de usuario y números de teléfonos celulares en el plan. Necesita tomar un paso más allá asegurándose de dar a cada miembro de la familia esa información.

Las “tareas” son de entrar un contacto en sus teléfonos celulares por cada miembro de la familia.

Se sorprendería cuántas personas tienen entradas para cada amigo y colega que han tenido desde hace mucho tiempo, faltándoles, sin embargo, la información más importante que es la de su propia familia! Supongo que siempre damos por hecho que la gente mas allegada a nosotros estará a nuestro lado al momento de que un desastre ocurra. Pero este ejercicio le asegurará de que, incluso si no están a su lado, que se reunirán tan pronto como sea posible.

Cuando finalice su plan, siéntese con su familia para discutir las formas en que pueden utilizar la tecnología para permanecer en contacto durante un desastre. Figúrense algunos escenarios, por ejemplo, si un desastre ocurriera mientras que miembros de su familia están en el trabajo, en la escuela o haciendo mandados durante un día normal.

¿Cómo se pondrían en contacto?

¿Se mandarían textos o seria mas fácil llamar?

Si tiene adolescentes o adultos jóvenes en su casa, su proclividad innata será de enviar un tweet en Twitter, para actualizar a todos sobre su ubicación o situación.

No olvide que Twitter también puede utilizarse para enviar mensajes personales, así que no tiene que preocuparse en anunciar sus asuntos personales a todo el mundo.

Supongamos que los teléfonos celulares se cortan pero esta hay corriente eléctrica, o viceversa. La mejor manera de planificar es de darse cuantas maneras posibles para mantenerse en contacto. Si uno o dos métodos normales son inutilizables, usted simplemente tomara otro método para ponerse en contacto.

Otra idea es la de crear una palabra o código familiar de emergencia. Se trata de una palabra o un código que sólo usted y su familia inmediata conocen. Cuando un miembro de la familia lo dice o manda por texto o correo electrónico al resto de la familia, significa que están en problemas o necesitan ayuda inmediata. Solo se tiene que usar en casos de extrema emergencia y significa que todos tienen que dejar lo que están haciendo y ponerse en contacto inmediatamente.

En los últimos años el mundo ha cambiado dramáticamente. Existen herramientas y recursos disponibles para usted y su familia que eran inimaginables en la década pasada. Lo mejor de esto es que toda familia ahora tiene la oportunidad de comunicarse y mantenerse en contacto en la manera que es mejor para ellos.


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