How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPod Touch

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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.  

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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.

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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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This is just a fraction of the tools and resources you’ll find in our latest book “Get Your Stuff Together,” now available on Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.

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  Amazon.com.

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.

 

Listo en 10 enseña a las personas que no están totalmente preparados para un desastre – como supertormenta Sandy – cómo poder todo lo que necesitan, necesidades, recuerdos, información vital y evacuación en menos de diez minutos agarrar.    A continuación, una vez que el desastre, podrán volver a vivir sus vidas normales, como rápida y fácilmente como sea posible, incluso si está completamente desorganizadas y nunca han sido a través de una emergencia real.     Diez pasos.  Una tarde.  Si usted es serio acerca de preparación–ahora–este es el libro para usted .  Vaja el Amazon.com. $19.99.

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Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone

Create Your Family’s Evacuation Plan

Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos

Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips

Save Your Albums & Cassettes As MP3s

Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

How To Back Up Your LinkedIn Contacts

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Quick.  Name all the people that you’re connected to on LinkedIn.

You’ve got two minutes…

Time’s up.  Well could you do it?   No?

That’s too bad.   Because all of that work you put into making your LinkedIn account the masterpiece that it is, can be gone in an instant.  Not just yours, but anyone’s.  That’s because LinkedIn is a web site with millions of users and billions of entries.  As hard as they try to maintain it and keep all of your contacts and information safe, all of it is just one electronic hiccup or hacked account away from disappearing.   In an instant.

But the GOOD news is, that won’t happen to you.  Why? Because you’re about to learn a secret.  You can download and backup all of your business contacts from LinkedIn.  And it’s so easy!  You can even put them right into Outlook for easy access to all your LinkedIn friends.

Take Action! 

1. I Can Download My Contacts?  Really?

Yes, you really can, email addresses and everything!

First log into LinkedIn and click on Connections from the Menu Bar.  You’ll be taken to your connections page where you see all of the people that are connected to you.

2. Click On Settings And Export Connections

On the extreme right hand side of the screen is a small icon that looks like a gear.  This is the Settings button.  Click on it to open your Settings Menu.

On the right side of that page, under Advanced Settings, you’ll see  a link that says “Export LinkedIn Connections”.  Click on that link.

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3. Export Your Connections To Your Computer

You can use the pull-down menu to choose the format in which your contacts will be downloaded.

Most people usually use the CSV format for Windows, Excel or Outlook.   You can also download your contacts in VCF format.

After you choose your format, just click the blue Export button and save the file to your computer desktop .

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4. Speaking of Outlook…

If you use Microsoft Outlook, don’t forget that you can import these contacts directly into Outlook.   Here’s how you do it in Outlook 2010:

  • Open Outlook and click on the File menu
  • Choose Open
  • Choose Import and then From Another Program or File
  • For file type, choose Comma Separated Values
  • Browse your desktop to locate the LinkedIn File you just downloaded and Import.

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!    We’ll talk later —  Laura and Jan

 

More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less

Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone

Create Your Family’s Evacuation Plan

Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos

Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips

Save Your Albums & Cassettes As MP3s

Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.

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  Amazon.com.

How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

Did you know that your Samsung Galaxy smartphone can save your life?

And it’s not just Galaxy but any kind of smartphone, like the iPhone, Droid Incredible or Nokia Lumia.

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

What is ICE?

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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.

Everyone in your family should have an iCE contact in his or her smartphone.  In fact, they should have two just in case the first contact is unavailable.  If you have our book Get Your Stuff Together you should already have at least one iCE contact.  So let’s learn how to set up an iCE contact on your Samsung Galaxy.

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 Galaxy to open up your Contacts.  Click on the plus sign + to add a new contact and touch the First Name Field.  Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word iCE.  We’re doing this because your Galaxy sorts contacts by their first name by default and you want your contact to show up as iCE, not as your contact’s actual name.

Next, touch the Last Name Field and enter your contact’s full name, ie. John Jones.  Now when you save the contact, not only will it be alphabetized as iCE, but it will also have your contact’s name right next to it – easy to read and easy to use.  Do the same thing when you set up your second iCE contact.  The only difference is that you’ll name it ICE2.

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Time To Make Your Galaxy Do Some Heavy Lifting…

The best thing about a smartphone 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:

Put all the information you possibly can into your two iCE Contacts.  For example:

  • Your emergency contact’s Main Number/Cell number/ Work number, Relationship to you
  • Email Address & IM, Twitter and Facebook address (in case landlines are down  & you need to send an emergency message )
  • Other info, for example, days that the contact is at a certain location
  • Add extra fields if you need them.
  • Use the Notes Section to list your Allergies, Current Medications or the Names & Numbers of your Physicians.
  • Be sure to include every piece of information you can.   Why?  Because you never know what type of communication will or won’t be working.  For instance, after the Japan earthquake, many people were able to reach each other via Twitter or Facebook even though their landline phones and Wi-Fi weren’t working.

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Adding And Using Fields

Like most smartphones, your Samsung Galaxy lets you change, add or create fields inside the contact, so that you can customize it as much as you like.  To add fields to your contact, press and hold the field name until the menu appears, then check the boxes next to the field/label you want and clicking OK.

One great field to add is Relationship, to tell emergency personnel who your contact is to you.

But what about information that doesn’t fit into a field on your phone?  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.

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

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.   

Or, 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.

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 the ones on this page.

You can make your own, or download ours free.  Right click this link then choose Save Target As, to add it to your desktop.  Save the graphic to the photos on your phone.  Open your ICE Contact, Touch the little photo icon, Choose Image, pick the graphic you want and Save.

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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 phone, but that everyone’s phone contains 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 iPod Touch or MP3 devices as well.  Just because you don’t have a phone with you while you’re running doesn’t mean you can’t stay safe!

What If Your Phone Is Password Locked?

I know what you’re thinking.   iCE contacts are great – as long as emergency personnel can actually see my iCE information.  But what if you lock your Galaxy 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?  

Wrong!

As long as you set up your lock screen and your iCE contact correctly, all an emergency worker has to do is glance at your locked screen to find your iCE Contact.  Here are two different ways to set it up, depending on the model Galaxy you have.

Most Samsung Galaxies have an Emergency Dialer on the Home Screen.  Simply set up your ICE contacts and then press and hold your first ICE contact until the menu appears, then add it to the ICE Emergency Contact Group.  Now it will appear on your Emergency Dialer. 

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If your Galaxy doesn’t have this feature, but you normally password lock your phone, all you have to do is add your ICE information directly to your Lock Screen.  Here’s how you do it:

Go into Settings and touch My Device and then Lock Screen.  Then touch Lock Screen Widgets.  Now on the very bottom of the menu you’ll see Owner Information.  Touch that and a window will appear.  Simply type in “ICE CONTACT” along with your contact’s name, phone number, your allergy or medical information – anything you would need an emergency room to know about you.   Then Check the Box and Choose Okay

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Now your ICE information will appear right on your Lock Screen, no password needed. 

Problem solved!

Turn Your Phone Into A Mobile Command Center

While you’re at it, you can even turn your phone into a Mobile Command Center.  Just store copies of your family’s medical history forms, emergency action plans, checklists and Evacuation Plan, right on your phone and those of each member of your immediate family. 

And while you have them, don’t forget to put iCE Contacts on their phones as well, including along with each other’s contact information.   That way you can all get in touch with each other quickly in an emergency. 

Would you like to download these instructions for later?  No problem, just click here to download the PDF version.  And if there’s an iPhone lurking around your family be sure to stop by our post on Setting Up An iCE Contact on Your iPhone.

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. 

More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less

Create Your Family’s Evacuation Plan

Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos

Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips

Save Your Albums & Cassettes As MP3s

Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.

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  Amazon.com.

How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends And Profile

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Quick. Name all the people that you’re friends with on Facebook.

You’ve got two minutes…

Time’s up.  Well could you do it?

No?

That’s too bad.   Because all of that work you put into making your Facebook page the masterpiece that it is, can be gone in an instant.  Not just yours, but anyone’s.  That’s because Facebook is a web site with millions of users and billions of entries.  As hard as they try to maintain it and keep all of your uploads and pictures and information safe, all of it is just one electronic hiccup or hacked account away from disappearing.   In an instant.

But the GOOD news is, that won’t happen to you.  Because you’re about to learn a secret.  You can download and backup all of the information in your Facebook timeline for safekeeping, which not only means you would be able to restore it, but you’ll be able to remember exactly who is on your friends list.

Just follow the instructions below and all of the information on your Timeline will be safe and secure on your hard drive.  The only thing that you can’t download (as of press time) is the contact information of your Facebook friends.

So here goes…

Take Action! 

I Can Download My Friends List?  Really?

Yes, you really can!   Using the instructions below, you can download a lot of the information in your Facebook account, including:

  • Your Friends List
  • Your Contact Information
  • Interests
  • Groups
  • Photos and Videos that you have uploaded to your account
  • Messages that you have sent and received

1. First Go To Account Settings

Just log into your Facebook account, and click on the Down Arrow on the right side of your Account Menu and choose Settings.

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2. Download Your Information
  • Click on Download A Copy of your Facebook Data
  • Follow the prompts to enter your password and then Download the Archive of your Facebook Data to your computer.

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 3. Now That You Have the Information…

As Facebook suggests, since this download contains your profile (timeline) information, you should keep it secure and take precautions when storing, sending or uploading it to any other services.

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!    We’ll talk later —  Laura and Jan

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More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less

Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone

Create Your Family’s Evacuation Plan

Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos

Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips

Save Your Albums & Cassettes As MP3s

Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.

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 Amazon.com.

Prevent Hurricane & Tornado Pain With One Click

Question.

If you could keep your friends and neighbors from losing the things they love most in the next hurricane or tornado, would you do it?   

Well the good news is, now you can.  And it only takes the click of a mouse.  

Here’s how.

Now that hurricane season and tornado season are here, I started thinking about the news coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

There was this one woman that I’ll never forget. Her name was Phyllis.

She was talking to a reporter outside of what was left of her Staten Island home, when she saw a large, yellowed piece of paper lying across the yard. Phyllis grabbed it, clutched it to her chest and began sobbing. It was her mother’s wedding photo, the only copy she had, now mud-soaked and disintegrating in her hands.

The worst part is, the pain she felt over that destroyed photo was absolutely preventable.

We’ve been through more than a few disasters ourselves, including an earthquake and an airplane crashing into our neighborhood. In fact that’s the reason we wrote “Get Your Stuff Together”.

But the other day when I thought about Phyllis, I knew I had to do something more.  Something else that will keep people from having to experience that kind of pain.

Not just one family at a time, but hundreds.

So here’s the plan. There’s something we can all do, right now, to prevent pain with just one click.

We just negotiated a special discount on “Get Your Stuff Together” for everyone who wants to buy 10 or more copies of the book. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for your church, your business, your Air Force base, your kid’s school, service organization or your Little League team.

Just let us know how many copies your group, company or organization wants, and we’ll get the books to you ASAP.   Are you ready, because here comes the link you need to click to make it all happen.

Click here https://www.createspace.com/3823528 to order your copies directly from our publisher’s website.  Just make sure you enter coupon code: BWXNWPZ7 to get your discount. 

Or if you want us to order them for you,  email us at webmaster1 at nokep.org, let us know how many copies you want, and we’ll take it from there.

So what do you think? Are you ready to help the families in your community stay safer this hurricane and tornado season?

All it takes is One  Click.

We’ll talk later — Laura and Jan

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“Get Your Stuff Together” — over 200 pages packed with quick, easy steps you can take 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 www.getyourstufftogether.com.

How To Create Your Family Evacuation Plan

If you and your family had to evacuate your home because of a tornado, an earthquake or wildfire, where would you go? 

There’s a lot to consider.   “Location A is close enough to home to check on the house if we had to, but what if the entire city is affected?   But if we went to Location B, how would I ever get to work?”

Is your head hurting yet?

Not to worry.  A –  That’s exactly why we want you to go through this exercise now and not when a firefighter is knocking at the door. And B –  That’s also why we suggest that you choose three locations and opt for the one that fits your needs if an emergency ever rears its ugly head.

A great Evacuation Plan has two objectives:  

1) To figure out the best location for your evacuation

2) To help you gather your family and get you safely to your location

Click picture to download the PDF How-To Sheet

First we’ll walk you through choosing your locations and sketching out a plan.  Once the plans are set, put the details on your family’s emergency wallet cards.    If you want, you can also give a card to the person you chose to be your out-of-area contact.  And if you don’t have emergency wallet cards, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

How To Choose The Perfect Locations

Location One:  A location Near Your Home, that you can use if you cannot stay in your home, but the area around it is still safe and secure.

Location Two:  A location Outside of Your Immediate Area, that you can use if you cannot stay in your area, but the cities around you are still safe and secure.

Location Three:  A location Out of State, if your own state is uninhabitable.

With three locations you’ll be prepared no matter what the emergency.  You’ll just go down your list, choose the location you need, and be on your way.  You and the members of your immediate family will know where to gather and what to do, even if everyone is away from home in the middle of a busy day.

If you’d rather have a hard copy of this exercise, download How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan.

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How To Choose A Great Location

Before you try to zero in on a perfect location, come up with as many different locations as you can that you and your family would be able to use for evacuation.

As you consider each location, think about:

  • The needs of the people traveling with you
  • How you’ll get there (car, bus, plane)
  • Any pets that will be traveling with you

Does It Have What You Need?

Once you’re pretty certain you have the right places, consider whether this location has what you and your family would actually need.

  • For instance if would need to stay in that location for two or three weeks, would it be close enough to the stores or services your family might need, like pharmacies, clothing, banks and doctors?
  • Would you be able to get to work from that location, or are you able to work from home?
  • Does it have the furniture and supplies necessary for two or three weeks?

We Have A Winner!  Make That Three Winners!

No location is perfect, so if you came up with one or two things your location would be lacking, be sure to note them on your Family Evacuation Plan, so that you can take care of it before you  get there.

The Staging Area

Now that you’ve chosen your locations, choose two places for you and your family to gather during an emergency, so that you can travel to your evacuation location together.  One place should be near your home or work and the other farther from your home in case your area is completely inaccessible.

Put the addresses and phone numbers of these two meeting places on your family’s emergency cards.

Appoint An Out Of Town Contact

It’s also a good idea to appoint an out of town contact to help you while your family deals with the aftermath of an emergency.

Even though you might not be able to call people right in your own area after an emergency, you can often call long distance.  A distant friend can be a touch point for the entire family until communication is restored.

Once you choose an out of town relative or friend as a contact, check with them to make sure that they’re willing to help.  If so, give them a copy of your emergency plan and wallet card, so they’ll be able to help, if the need ever arises.

Creating Your Plan

Grab a copy of our Family Evacuation Plan, or if you have our book Get Your Stuff Together, you’ll find a copy in the back of the book.  Here are a few questions to answer before you draft your plan:

  • Who Is Evacuating With You?
  • Who Will Do What?
  • Temporary Housing
  • Transportation Plans/Travel Information
  • Pet Information
  • Out of State and Local Contacts
  • Contact Information For Everyone Who Will Be Evacuating With You As Well As Your Out of Town Contact.
    • Their cell phone/school/office numbers
    • Email addresses
    • Twitter and Facebook account names.
    • Any other information that can put you in immediate touch with them, even if one or two modes of communication are down.

Making Your Plan Easy To Access

Review the plans with your spouse and adult family members.  Once they’re set, put that information on your family’s emergency wallet cards.  If you don’t already have your own, click the link above to download ours.   It might be a good idea to give a card to the person you chose to be your out of area contact, too.

And while you’re at it, store a copy in your family’s cell phones as well, in case an emergency occurs while you’re away from home.

Print, scan or make three copies of the Evacuation Plan, and store it in at least three secure, damage-proof locations.   That way if one or two of the locations are inaccessible, you’ll still be able to grab the information you need.

If your Plan is on paper, you can place it:

  • In your watertight Plastic Evacuation Bin.  Only place the documents that you actually need in this bin.  If you’ll also have access to copies of your vital documents in your safe deposit box, then don’t take anything with you that you would worry about if it were lost.
  • In a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
  • With your emergency contacts or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.

If your Plan is on computer, you can place it:

  • On a password-protected flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your evacuation bin.
  • On a password-protected online file repository or even the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way if you need a copy of your information or forms quickly, you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
  • Save a link to the Plan on you and your family’s smartphones, so that you can all instantly access and use the plan whenever you need it.

Anything Else To Add?

Is there any other information you need, to deal with a medical emergency while evacuated or away from home?  If so, scan or make copies of that information and place it in the same folder as your completed medical history forms.

If you need help creating Medical History Forms for your family, take a look at our blog post or download a copy of our How-To Sheet.

And while we’re at it, do the members of your family have ICE (In Case of Emergency) Contacts on their iPhones or smartphones?  If not, be sure to take a couple of minutes to read the instructions on our blog post or download How To Put An ICE Contact on Your Smartphone and let’s take care of that right now.

More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less

Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone

Create Your Family’s Evacuation Plan

Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos

Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips

Save Your Albums & Cassettes As MP3s

Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

getstuff3dcover - Copy (2)

 

This is just a fraction of the tools and resources you’ll find in our latest book “Get Your Stuff Together,” now available on Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.

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  Amazon.com.