An Update From Bob Brotchie

As most of you, know the idea for ICE, providing In Case Of Emergency information on your phone, was the brainchild of UK paramedic Bob Brotchie.  I’m very pleased to say that he has graciously agreed to do a guest post for us this week.  Not only is he going to tell us how he came up with the idea for ICE, but he’s also going to tell us about an amazing new app that he’s recently created to take the pain out of ICEing your phone! Laura & Jan
Take it away, Bob…

An Update From The Founder of ICE – Bob Brotchie

Thank you to Laura for kindly inviting me to provide a little background and update around the world of ICE – In Case of Emergency.
 A little background
2015 saw the tenth anniversary of ICE becoming known and accepted around the globe. An intuitive, inexpensive (or free) way of becoming identified – in the event an accident victim is unable to communicate for themselves – emergency responders could now learn who to call, to expedite reconnection at the earliest opportunity, while understanding any significant medical history, such as allergies that may impact on necessary resuscitative interventions.
In that decade, I have traveled the world promoting ICE, but also, I have worked with many entrepreneurs who wanted to innovate this most simple of concepts. Most have come and gone despite coming close to achieving the goals set. I recall two occasions attending TechCrunch in SFO and seeing first-hand how well ICE in it’s various guises can be received!       
Millions of supporters?
Because I created ICE as a free choice for mobile phone owners to consider, it is impossible to say with any certainty just how many have ICE in their mobile. However, it is clear it is a great many judging by the reports and engagement I have received from all over the world!
In 2005, I  began requesting, via media interviews, that mobile manufacturers would place ICE data fields in the software at the point of sale, so prompting the user to populate their ICE details. In recent years, this has come to fruition, but sadly not as I had asked.
Uniformity – The Vital Ingredient
Manufacturers have all created their take on ICE, but in doing so have created a lack of uniform and intuitive approach; the effectiveness of ICE is now significantly challenged, as a result.   
Fewer phone owners appear knowledgeable about how to ICE their phone, and fewer responders know – or have the time to figure which ICE method is required – for which phone! 
These methods are still important – but now I have created an alternative – for today!
ICE Wallpaper Creator Apps
I waited and campaigned long and hard before finally deciding (in 2015) to create something that would offer a potential opportunity to return ICE to uniformity. In providing for iOS and Android users an inexpensive app, I am now able to offer a solution that makes (almost) fool proof your chosen ICE data being available to those who need it immediately – on your behalf.
Once the phone is powered up, locked or not, this is an example of what is viewable.

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You can purchase the apps at the following links: 
iTunes Store  (Apple App)       Google Play Store  (Android App)   Or to read more about the app, click here.
Remind Me, Why Do I Want To ‘ICE’ My Phone?
Planning for the unexpected requires action, even if it does mean just a few clicks to download an app!
None of us wishes to be harbingers of doom, but the reality is, every day someone ends up being in a situation they couldn’t have imagined. If I had a pound/dollar for every accident victim I treated in my years as a paramedic who told me “I didn’t expect this today” – and those that were not in a position to speak, to identify themselves or advise me who to call!
2015 Rocked For ICE!  
As well as that first decade anniversary, in 2015 ‘Icey’ was born as a new brand and promotion item. Here he is.

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And other significant new partnerships were introduced too.
I was pleased to meet Laura, via the wonders of the internet, and to begin our reciprocal collaborations, the results of which should come to fruition in 2016 (watch this space).
I have also worked with another ICE app producer, Wanda Rafaely. Wanda has created a fantastic addition that addresses the highly specific and individual needs of those living with Autism. www.ice4autism.com.
Another new collaboration has been with British entrepreneur, Faye Robson. Faye has also worked incredibly hard to get into production a non-electronic means of utilizing ICE with her ICEbelts for vehicle seatbelts. www.icebelt.co.uk/#home 
And of course, our continuing partnership with LeanOnUs.co which provides a platform for individuals to share their personal experiences, causes or products that can help to make the world a better place.
Bob Brotchie’s website can be found at www.incaseofemergency.org 

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books.  Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now at Amazon.com  Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00  Buy Now       Read more about it

Bulk orders & customization available for your company/organization. Contact us for more details.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  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.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

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How To Back Up ALL Your Music – Even Vinyl!

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How To Back Up ALL Your Music – Even Vinyl!

How much do you LOVE your music?  For most of us, it’s not just a bunch of CDs and MP3s.  It’s the soundtrack of our lives.  And when you have something that important, you want to make sure that it’s around, safe and sound for a long, long time. 
So let’s take a few minutes, grab that music collection of yours and back it up for safekeeping.  And who knows?  You might even be able to put that amazing vinyl jazz solo you love, on your smartphone!
1. Back Up Your MP3s
Do you have MP3 or other digital music files on your computer, smartphone or other devices? 
On your PC or Mac, create a folder called “Backup Music (dd/mm/yy)” using today’s date.
Grab all of your devices and take a few moments to download, send or save all of your MP3s (or other digital music files) to your computer.  Then put all of those MP3s into the backup folder. 
Locate all of the digital music on your computer’s hard drive.  Leaving the originals where they are, make copies of the music folders and place them into the backup folder.
2. Deal With CDs, Cassettes & Vinyl Albums
Gather all your CDs, Vinyl Albums and Cassettes and set them on a nearby table.
Although all of your music is important, some means more to you than others. 
Separate your CDs, cassettes and vinyl albums into two piles.
  • Pile One: Music you love that you want to copy and preserve digitally for safekeeping.
  • Pile Two:  Music that you:
    • A) Already have in MP3 format.
    • B) Have numerous copies of the album in other locations (double check that this is true).
    • C) Simply don’t care about preserving.
Go ahead and put the music in pile two back where you found it.
3. Convert Your CDs to MP3s
Convert the CDs to MP3s using Windows Media Player (for PCs) or Audacity for Mac.  Just pop in the CD into your computer, open the software and follow the instructions.
Once they’re ripped, save copies of each album to the regular music folder on your computer and to your new backup folder.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to download your favorite songs to your iPod or smartphone.
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4. Convert Your Cassettes & Albums to MP3s
The easiest way we’ve found to convert your cassettes or albums to MP3s is the MiCorder.  Looks like a Walkman and saves your music as an MP3 automatically without a computer!  You can find it at olenstechnology.com
There are several vinyl album to MP3 recorders available including the Crosley Memory Master II 3-Speed Turntable with CD Player/Recorder .  The nice thing about that one is that it converts cassettes and vinyl to CD or to MP3s.  And if you only have cassettes to convert, there is the ION Tape Express
Once you’ve saved copies of your cassettes and vinyl albums, save them to the regular music folder on your computer, to your new backup folder and don’t forget to put your favorites on your smartphone or MP3 player.
And while you’re at it, how about helping mom, dad, grandma or grandpa preserve their old albums while you’re at it.  An MP3 player full of their favorite songs would make a GREAT gift!
Once you’re finished backing up your music, be sure to put a copy of your Backup Music folder somewhere outside of your house, for safekeeping.  Here are a few great places to put it:
  • On a flash drive or hard drive and place it in your local safe deposit box
  • On a flash drive or hard drive in a safe deposit in a pre-determined evacuation location
  • In a password protected file in The Cloud or family web site.
5.  Backing Up Your Music For Safe Keeping
Since we’ve been talking about preserving your music, once you’ve got it all backed up, it only makes sense to keep it safe and sound. 
So save a copy of your Backup Music folder onto a flash drive or a portable hard drive and place it in at least two secure, damage-proof locations, away from home for safekeeping. 
Here are a few suggestions on places to put it:
  • In a watertight Plastic Evacuation Bin. 
  • In a safe deposit box in your own city.
  • In a water/fireproof safe in your own city.
  • In a safe deposit in a pre-determined evacuation location
  • On a password protected file in The Cloud or family web site.
Join us here next week on the blog or on our Facebook page when we’ll help you Do One MORE Thing to get  your life up and running.
Or if you’re ready to get EVERY area of your life straightened up, grab a copy of our book The Backup Plan 3.0, now available in the Downloadable Edition at Gumroad  or the Paperback Edition at Amazon.com .
#do1thing #365 #resolution

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
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How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books.  Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now at Amazon.com  Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00  Buy Now       Read more about it

Bulk orders & customization available for your company/organization. Contact us for more details.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  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.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

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Do One Thing

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On Friday, Christmas day…

While winding my way through the park, on my way to pick up Christmas dinner, I got into a conversation with my cab driver. 
He told me that he’d been wanting to move to another state for a long time.  In fact every year, he tells his wife that THIS year, they’re going to move. But he just can’t seem to get started. It’s been twenty years now.
I suddenly had this thought.  I popped out of my mouth before I could stop it. 
I said, “Today is December 25th, right?  Well, all you have to do is set December 25th of next year as the day that you and your wife will move to where you really want to live. And then do one thing every day, towards that goal.   Then by this time next year, you’ll have done 365 things towards your move.”
He looked at me in the rear view mirror and said, “Okay.  I can do that.”
He knew what to do and he had a plan.  And if he sticks to it, that simple plan will change his life. 
Of course he’s not the only one.  We have three major goals this year and when I got home we made the commitment to Do 1 Thing for each goal, ourselves.  Every day.
What about you?   Well, we’ve got an idea that might help get you started…
This year, we’re going to post simple steps you can take to make the things you need, the people you love and the keepsakes you treasure, safe and sound.  Simple steps you can take every day.  And by the end of the year, you’ll be 365 steps closer.
We’ll be posting the steps on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/icemyphone) and all the steps for that week here on our blog.  
So what do you think?  Are you ready to Do 1 Thing?
#do1thing #365 #resolution

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

_________________________________________________

The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books.  Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now at Amazon.com  Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00  Buy Now       Read more about it

Bulk orders & customization available for your company/organization. Contact us for more details.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  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.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

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The Best Apps For Tornado Season

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When someone says “winter weather,” most people think of snow.

But in some areas of the country, particularly the South, winter can be an active time for severe storms and tornadoes.
Statistics from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that between December and February from 1950-2014, 94 tornadoes were recorded in the United States.
On Dec. 23-24, 2014, 10 tornadoes hit Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, killing five people and injuring more than 50.
While the chance of tornadoes is significantly lower in the winter than the spring, it’s important to stay prepared for any contingency.
Smartphones and other portable devices have proven to be important tools during spring storm seasons, and they continue to do so all year long. There are plenty of apps available to help during storm season.
One of the most powerful and comprehensive is RadarScope, an app popular with meteorologists. RadarScope is available in a free version, which contains most of the apps features, and a Pro version, which costs $10 per year and provides added forecasting tools.
RadarScope provides a long list of radars, from the standard precipitation to wind velocity radar that can show damaging winds and even rotation that could indicate tornadoes. It includes the new dual polarization radars, new tools that can show possible tornadoes more accurately. With these tools, forecasters can see possible debris balls that could indicate a tornado is on the ground and causing damage.
While RadarScope has powerful tools for forecasters, it’s easy to navigate and can be used by anyone. It also includes weather alerts that will sound if a watch or warning is issued in a chosen area.
WeatherUnderground has another app that can help in a stormy situation. Called Storm, the app is similar to RadarScope, though it lacks some of the radars, such as the dual polarization tools. The Storm app is free, but includes ads. An ad-free subscription is available for $1.99 per year.
This app can show everything from a storm’s track to the lightning it’s producing. It not only has a current radar, it has a future one that can predict where a storm is headed and how intense it will be once it gets there. Storm also can send alerts for favorite locations to the smartphone or tablet whenever a watch or warning is issued for that area.
For those just needing a quick glance at the current conditions, the Wunderground app from Weather Underground can provide that. Some of the information provided includes current temperature, radar, barometric pressure and wind speed, as well as humidity, rain accumulation, visibility and even sunrise and sunset times. The app also provides a forecast and temperature graph for the next five days. Again, the app is free, but an ad-free version costs $1.99 per year.
Finally, check out the area’s local TV station apps, if available. Most television stations have their own news apps, and many have their own weather apps. Some are better than others, but the local apps often can provide everything from timely weather alerts to the ability to stream their live broadcast to see first-hand what’s happening with the weather.
While winter is a slower storm season that other times of the year, it’s by no means absent of severe weather. It’s important to stay vigilant when severe weather is expected. Smartphone apps provide the best weather tools available while on the go. They can help ensure safety during storm season — any time of year.

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Melissa L. Jones is a trained storm spotter, photographer and technology review columnist. Her column, “Tech Spotlight,” appears every Monday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.

 

Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

_________________________________________________

The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books.  Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now at Amazon.com  Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00  Buy Now       Read more about it

Bulk orders & customization available for your company/organization. Contact us for more details.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  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.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

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How To Make Your ICE Contact Stand Out On A Samsung Galaxy

How To Make Your ICE Contact Stand Out

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

And it’s not just Galaxies but any kind of smartphone, like the Droid Incredible, Windows Phone or even the iPhone 6.
The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency.  And the way to do that, is with ICE.
But what good is an ICE Contact if the people who need that information immediately, can’t find it?
Let’s make sure no one misses it!
Once you finish setting up your ICE Contacts, (you can find out how to do that right here) make it 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 from our Free Resources page.  
Once you find the graphic you want, choose Save Target As, to save it to your desktop. 
Then save or send 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.
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts including How To Set Up An ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy and How To ICE Your iPhone to learn everything you need to know about ICEing your phone.  And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.   

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

_________________________________________________

The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible.  Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order.  This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books. Paperback Edition $24.99   Buy now at Amazon.com  Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00  Buy Now       Read more about it

Bulk orders & customization available for your company/organization. Contact us for more details.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something…  Like your employees, for instance?  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.  That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are.  Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Read More About It

Like Us On Facebook

Follow Us On Twitter

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How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Regular Cell Phone

Did you know that your Cell Phone can save your life?

How?  The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency.   And the way to do that is with ICE.   
Even if it’s not the “smart”est phone in town, your plain old cell phone can be a real life saver.  In fact, it’s just as easy to set up an ICE Contact on a phone that’s not a smartphone.  Just keep in mind that every phone is different, so you might have to play around with the contact a bit, to get all the information into it, that you want to include.
If you’d like to download these instructions, just click here for the PDF version.
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. 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 The Backup Plan 3.0, you should already have at least one ICE contact.  So let’s learn how to set one up on your beloved old cell phone.

 

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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.
Ready to set up your first ICE Contact?

Once you decide, Touch the Contacts Icon on your phone to open up your Contacts.
Depending on the type of phone you have, your Contacts Icon might look different than the ones we have here. 
Click on Add New 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.

Do the same thing for your second ICE contact – then call it ICE2.
Time To Make Your Cell Phone Do Some Heavy Lifting…
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 information, like the days that the contact is at a certain location
  • 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.
What Other Types of Information Should I Put In My ICE Contact? 
But what about information that doesn’t fit into the regular contact on your phone?  That’s when you turn to your new best friend – the Notes section.   Although not every cell phone has a notes section in their Contacts, most do.   Notes holds quite a bit of information, so simply put the miscellaneous information you need to communicate, in there.
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, by going to the Free Resources Page.
Not every cell phone has the ability to do this, but if you can add a picture to a contact, you should be able to add one of our graphics, instead. 
First, save the graphic to the photos on your phone.  Since you’re not working with a smartphone, you might have to email the graphic to yourself from your computer or even take a picture of the graphic you’d like to use, with your phone.   Once you get it into your photos folder on your phone, open your ICE Contact, Touch the little Photo Icon, go into your photos, choose your graphic 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!
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?  Then 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. 
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Vertu Phone

luxury-vertu-phones-1After writing four books that have kept thousands of families and their keepsakes safe and sound, heading up business continuity planning for the Wealth Management department of a Fortune 500 bank and having been through some pretty hairy situations of our own, my writing partner and I have learned one thing. 
You never know when or where you’ll be, when you suddenly need to put your ICE Contact, a backup of your computer data or the emergency number of the US Embassy into action.
For us, showing people how to put ICE Contacts on their phones isn’t the gold standard in keeping your family safe and sound.  It’s just the first step in a series of things every person should do.  
So in this blog post, even though we’re going to show you how to create an ICE Contact on your Vertu phone, we’re also going to give you some tips on staying safe, no matter where your travels take you.

Did you know that your Vertu Phone can save your life?

There is surprisingly  little information about one of the world’s most popular and best loved phones, and even less about the fact that the Vertu can actually save your life.  
Well, we’re just going to have to take care of that right now.  
So what’s the secret?  The secret is letting your Vertu do the talking for you in an emergency.  And the way to do that is with ICE.  
By the way, we know you’ve got a million things to do, so if you need to download these instructions and have a member of your team take care of this for you, just click here to download the PDF version.
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. 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 The Backup Plan 3.0, you probably already have an ICE contact on at least one phone in your house.  
Ready to set one up on your Vertu?
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.
In fact, for people who travel a great deal — especially internationally, we recommend that you put four ICE Contacts on your smartphone.  The first should be your spouse or significant other, the second a close relative or friend.  The third contact should be your attorney or business manager and the fourth, a business partner or colleague who can attend to matters if you are temporarily incapacitated or in a location where telecommunications are down.   How can emergency personnel tell which is which?  Simple.  Just name the first two ICE Medical 1 and 2, then name the others ICE Legal and ICE Business.
How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts
Touch the Contacts Icon on your Vertu 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. This is because your phone sorts contacts by their first name by default.

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Next, touch the Last Name Field and enter your contact’s full name, ie. John Jones.  Now when someone looks at the contact, they’ll see  ICE along with your emergency contact’s full name.   And do the same thing for your other ICE contacts, which, like we mentioned, you’ll name ICE Medical 2, ICE Legal and ICE Business — or whatever makes sense for your particular situation.
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Time To Make Your  Phone 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 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 information, like the days that the contact is at a certain location
  • 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.
Adding And Using Fields
Don’t forget that you can also add fields to your contact to indicate things like relationship or alternate phone numbers or social media handles.  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.
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 to your phone, like the ones on this page.   You can make your own, or download ours free, by going to the Free Resources Page.   Once you’ve saved the graphic you like to the photos on your phone, open your ICE Contact, Touch the Contact, then Menu then Edit.  Choose 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!
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?  Then click here to download the PDF version.  
And for those iPhones 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. 
Now as promised, here are some tips on keeping your family safe and sound, no matter where your travels take you:
  • Pre-program the emergency number for the country you’ll be visiting into your phone before you leave, along with local numbers for your country’s embassy and any other emergency assistance numbers.
  • Always leave an assistant, a colleague and your spouse (or if he or she is going with you, a close relative) a copy of your itinerary with local contact numbers. Be sure to send updates if that information changes.
  • Carry two portable chargers for your smartphone and other electronic devices with you at all times, ensuring that one of them is always completely charged. If cell phone service is spotty in that country, you might also consider purchasing a device that turns your smartphone into a satellite phone, like the Spot Connect Satellite.
  • Have your staff scan all of your vital documents, treasured photos (both family and business), keepsakes, awards and anything else that is important to you and place the scans on portable hard drives in at least three secure locations. If you haven’t already done so, place the originals of your vital documents in a waterproof/fireproof location.
  • Make sure that the members of your immediate family have ICE Contacts on their phones, as well as any electronic devices that they usually carry, such as an iPod Touch or smart watches. And if you want to go one step further, have them place a link to a synopsis of their medical history synopsis into the contact, that an emergency physician can use to treat them until a family member arrives on scene.  If you don’t already have your own, you can get medical history forms on our blog or in our book The Backup Plan 3.0.
  • Make sure that you have your spouse’s emergency information in your phone and vice versa, in case you ever need it quickly.
  • If your spouse and children are travelling with you in an unfamiliar country, consider downloading the Find My Friends app.  All you have to do is add their smartphones to the app and you’ll be able to see exactly where they are, along with directions to their location. 
  • Always give yourself a way out. As much as you appreciate your staff, don’t assume they’ll always be right there to help you deal with an emergency situation.  You got where you are today because of your strong skill set in strategic thinking and planning.  All you have to do is apply those same skills to ensure that you have the tools you need to deal with any situation that arises.
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music.  The problem is, grabbing piles of photo albums and all of the picture frames off the walls is hard to do if you have to get out of the house quickly. With How To Back Up Your Photos, Videos and Music, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, cassettes, vinyl albums and archive them in multiple, disaster proof locations.     $12.95   Buy now at Amazon.com    Read more about it

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