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How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone

June 21, 2010

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Superstorm Sandy. 

The movie shootings in Colorado this past summer. 

Two more reasons that it’s vital to set up an ICE contact on your iPhone.  If people have an emergency ICE contact on their cell phone & an emergency card in their wallet, doctors and police can call find their loved ones and give medical treatment with their needs in mind.    Taking 2 seconds now, can make you safer, even in the chaos of an unthinkable situation.   We were thrilled to be able to share these thips with Colorado Spring’s Fox 21 news.

Did you know that your iPhone can save your life?    And it’s not just iPhones but any kind of smartphone, like our personal favorite the Droid Incredible.

The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you, in an emergency.  And the way to do it, is with ICE.

What is ICE?

During Hurricane Katrina, so many people were injured, unconscious, or separated from their families, that emergency workers came up with the idea of putting an ICE – In Case Of Emergency – contact in your cell phone.  Now, when a patient who is unconscious or unable to speak comes into the ER, hospitals worldwide, look for their ICE contact, to locate their next of kin.

Everyone in your family should have 2 ICE contacts on their cell phone, just in case the first contact person is unavailable.  If you’ve gone through our books, Ready In 10, or Get Your Stuff Together,you’ve probably done this already, but just in case you haven’t, let’s get started.

Grab Your Phone & Let’s Get Started

First Click on the Contacts Icon to open up your Contacts.  Then Click on the Name Field.  The name of your contact will be ICE, but you can put the contact’s first name & relationship in the Company Name field, so a doctor reading it, would know that this contact is the patient’s mother.  For example:  Janet – Mom.

Enter All Of Your Information…

Play around with the other fields, until you fill in all the information you possibly can.   For example:

♦  Your emergency contact’s main phone number

♦ Cell number/ Work number

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

♦  Other info, for example, days that the contact is at a certain location

On the iPhone (and in other phones) you can actually change the names of fields or add fields with different titles, like Alternate Location, Second Phone or Instant Messaging ID.

What About Your Medical History?

If you’ve already completed your medical history form, here’s where it pays off!  Store the form to a password protected online folder & place a link to the form in your ICE contact.

Just add a new URL field and name it “My Medical History” or “Emergency Info”.  This way a doctor can access your, your spouse’s or your kids basic medical history, while you’re  en route to the hospital.

Pictures & Everything!

You can even make your ICE contacts stand out, buy using the Add Photo function to upload a graphic like this one.

You can make your own, or download ours free. Right click this link then Save Target As, to your desktop.


Can You Hear Each Other Now?

Are you the Keeper of the Information in your home?  Then it’s up to you to make sure every family member not only has their ICE contacts set up in their cell phone, but has all of the contact information for the other members of your household in their phone as well. You want to be sure you can get in touch with each other quickly in an emergency.

What If Your Phone Is Password Protected?

This advice is great if emergency personnel can actually see your ICE information.  But what if you password protect your iPhone 4s?  Many emergency workers aren’t allowed to break into a password protected cell phone, even in an emergency.  Which means that having an ICE contact on a password protected phone is useless.  Until now…

We received a GREAT tip from one of our readers, Jon Reynolds.    All you have to do is set up your ICE contact correctly and then, ask Siri to retrieve it for you!

An ICE contact set up on an iPhone4s, is easy and accessible even when your phone is passcode locked.   Here’s how to do it…
1. Go into your contacts and create a new contact.  The FIRST Name must only be the word “ICE”
2. DO NOT ENTER any words in the Surname field or the iPhone will automatically put it alphabetical order according to that word and not under “I” for ICE
3. Put the name and relationship of contact into the COMPANY FIELD.  For example “Jon Doe (Partner)”.  By putting your contact’s name and relationship in the Company Field, you eliminate the alphabetical order problem of surnames and keep ICE where it belongs
4. As we state in our instructions, enter all of the information and contacts you have for that person in the body of the contact so emergency personnel will be able to track down your contact person ASAP.  Remember that you may be unconscious and unable to communicate that information for yourself.  In fact if you do tend to passcode lock your phone, you should also put any vital medical information like allergies or chronic illnesses into that contact as well, just in case the ICE contact is the only one that medical personnel can access.
5. To access this information even when the iPhone is passcode locked, press and hold down the main key to access Siri.  Then ask Siri ‘Contacts ICE’.  Siri will then display all the information you have saved as ICE…
6. If you are in the medical or emergency field yourself, don’t forget this trick the next time you encounter an unconscious patient who has a locked iPhone4.  Press and hold down the main key to access Siri and ask her “Contacts ICE”  You might just save a life!

Thanks Jon!


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  1. June 28, 2010 at 7:09 am | #1

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    • June 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm | #2

      Thanks Yudi. I really appreciate that!

  2. December 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm | #3

    Who will be the first Google, Apple, Microsoft? I wonder who will be next? Thank Ator, very instructive.

    • December 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm | #4

      You never know. Want to work on a version of it for the UK? :-)

  3. dstone8411
    March 18, 2012 at 2:31 am | #5

    If you have a password on your iPhone how can you set it up so emergency personnel can see your ICE contacts?

    • March 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm | #6

      That’s such a great question. I don’t know, but I have a friend who works at Apple, so let me ask her and I’ll get back to you.

      • April 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm | #7

        Hi, I’ve got an answer for you. If you have a password on your iPhone, emergency personnel CANNOT get your ICE information off of it. Fire/Rescue personnel evidently will not even try to break the password if they encounter this, but hospital personnel and police may, if they cannot find the next of kin of an unconscious patient. Basically though if you normally password protect your smartphone, you should also carry an emergency wallet card with the same information, to make it easier for emergency personnel to spot, and use. We have emergency wallet cards in our Ready In 10 downloadable Get Ready Kit that comes with book. It’s available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/145158699X?ie=UTF8&tag=circlemall-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=145158699X

        That was a great question — we learned something too! Thanks!

  4. August 17, 2012 at 11:57 am | #8

    I have an ICE set up on my iPhone4s… It’s easy and accessible when my phone is passcode locked. Here’s how to do it…
    1. Go into contacts and create a new contact, FIRST Name must only be ICE
    2. DO NOT ENTER Surname field or the iPhone will automatically put it alphabetical order to that and not I for ICE
    3. Put the name and relationship of contact into the COMPANY FIELD
    e.g. “Jon Doe (Partner)” By putting this in the Company Field it eliminates the alphabetical order problem of surnames and keeps ICE in the I etc and stands it alone from all other contacts
    4. Enter all and as much contact information that you can (remember you may be unconscious at the time someone needs this information)
    5. To access this information even when the iPhone is passcode locked, press and hold down the main key to access Siri, ask Siri ‘Contacts ICE’ Siri will then display all the information you have saved…
    6. Remember this technique on an iPhone 4s as you may now access someone elses ICE if they are in your need…

    Hope this helps…

    • August 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm | #9

      That’s wonderful Jon! Thanks so much for the tip!

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