How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone

Did you know that your Android phone can save your life?

And it’s not just Androids but any kind of smartphone, even the iPhone! The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency.  And the way to do that is with ICE.   By the way 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 an Android Phone.
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 phone 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 most Android phones sort contacts by their first name by default.   You’ll 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 and relationship to you, ie. John Jones  Husband.  Now when someone looks at the contact, they’ll see  ICE along with your emergency contact’s full name.   Do the same thing for your second iCE contact – then call it ICE2.
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Time To Make Your Android 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, most Android phones let 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 one of the Field Names (sometimes called Label) until the menu appears, then choose the field or label you want by checking the box next to it 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 Gallery, 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 Android phone 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!
All you have to do is add your ICE information directly to your Lock Screen.  Then all an emergency worker has to do is glance at your phone to find your ICE information.  
Every Android is a little different, but here’s how you do it on a Samsung Galaxy:
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
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com. 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?  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. 
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The Better Beauty Case, The Perfect Companion For Storm Season

 The Better Beauty Case, The Perfect Companion For Storm Season

Joy Mangano Better Beauty Case, Perfect for Storm Season | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.comWith spring storm season in full swing we wanted to tell you about one of our favorite all-purpose, carry everything case.  Actually it isn’t just a case, it’s a storage system.  But isn’t that just like inventor, product designer Joy Mangano, to create a product that redefines an entire industry! 
The product?  The Better Beauty Case.  
Why do we love it?  Because it works harder than we do!   
Even though The Better Beauty Case was designed to give your cosmetics and notions the perfect place to live at home or on the go, the thing that makes it unique is that it’s completely modular.  Which is the very thing that makes it the perfect storage case for storm season.  It’s made up of plastic sections that can not only be moved around into different positions on the body of the case – they can even be taken out and put into a second or third Better Beauty Case. 
What that means for you, is that if you have more than one case, you can use: 
  • One to keep your everyday items organized, dust/moisture free and at your fingertips
  • Another packed and ready for travel
  • And a third, packed and ready for sudden emergencies – like a tornado warning, a hurricane evacuation or any other emergency where you and your family have to be fully functional while you’re spending an extended period away from home, or without access to the things you need and use every day.
  • Or you can simply keep a few of the sections packed with the items you would need for a sudden evacuation. Then if you ever need to use them, just switch the pre-packed sections with the sections you normally use in your everyday Better Beauty Case, and go. 
We caught up with Joy earlier this month to talk to her about the Case and all the reasons it makes the perfect grab it and go bag.  
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Laura Greenwald:  Have you or your staff ever used them as quick emergency bags? 
Joy Mangano:  I personally have used mine as a first aid kit, which I keep in my car. It has come in very handy for cuts or scrapes and also will hold medication safely and conveniently. As each compartment is clear, you can easily see what is housed inside making it very convenient. One of my employees used hers during Hurricane Sandy when her house was flooded and she needed to take sundries and medication out of her home quickly during the storm. 
LG:  How much does the large Better Beauty Case hold, versus the medium case. 
JM:  The large Better Beauty Case dimensions are approximately 11”x5 ¼”x6” and the medium dimensions are approximately 8 1/4×4 1/2×4 ½. Therefore, the large case will hold significantly more than the medium, depending on the size of the items being stored, although both do hold a great deal of items. Each has 4 inner plastic zippered compartments which can hold larger items, such as shaving cream, hair spray, shampoo, brushes, etc. The large case rolls out to approximately 23.25” and the medium rolls out to approximately 19.75”. 
LG:  How strong are the plastic sections and how do they stand up to leaks?
JM:  The plastic is extremely durable and strong. All compartments are water resistant and should something leak, the other compartments will not be affected. In most cases the leak will be held inside whichever compartment had the spill due to the construction and design of the compartments. 
LG:  What are some of the other ways you and your customers use the Better Beauty Cases?
JM:  Depending on what you would want to take with you, the Better Beauty Cases can house medication, beauty items, hair care items, crafts, children’s toys, flashlights, batteries, medical supplies such as band-aids, antiseptic ointment, ace bandages, etc. It also can house jewelry, sewing items, pet items, etc. The Better Beauty Cases are portable and can be hung on the back of a door to display all items within at a glance. Also, when traveling on a plane, you can remove any of the four inner compartments and keep them in your carry on or purse for safe keeping.
So there you have it.  We’ve tried a lot of bags and cases, but this one is the strongest, most versatile and has the most emergency friendly features we’ve ever found.  
Want to see The Better Beauty Case in action?  Here’s a quick video. 
And if you’d like to purchase cases for your family and friends, you can find them at this link
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Getting Back To Life After An Earthquake

After the earthquake in Nepal, plus the ongoing effort to rebuild after the Fukushima Japan and Haiti earthquakes, we’re rerunning one of our most important posts. It’s not just about getting ready for disasters, but it’s about getting back to LIFE after a disaster. That’s something very few people talk about. Yet millions upon millions of people are facing that question right this moment. How do we get back to our normal lives after this magnitude of disaster. It’s the third piece in a series and you’ll find the links to the other two parts below.
Not only does the series tell you how to prepare for an earthquake, but it gives you tips on being prepared for ANY disaster — the right way! In case you didn’t see part one and two, you’ll find the links at the end of the post. Having made it through Southern California earthquakes and a jumbo jet crash right across the street from our home, we know how difficult the coming weeks and months will be for the people of Nepal as they deal with this horrendous disaster.  Our prayers are with them. LG

Facing a disaster without giving yourself a plan to recover from it, is like trying to build a house with no blueprint and no tools!

Getting Back To Life After And Earthquake | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com.Having two plans can make all the difference, in getting you through those first few days and weeks after a disaster strikes.  What are the plans?  They are our Evacuation Plan and the Get Back To Life Plan — the same plans that we’ve built into our new program The Backup Plan 3.0.  The evacuation plan is pretty simple.  It all comes from one question…  If you were at home or at work and suddenly had to evacuate your home, or your general area, where would you go?
As you think about the locations you’ll use for your evacuation, consider, the people  travelling with you,  how you’ll get there (car, bus, plane), any pets travelling with you and whether those locations will actually work for you – for instance are they close to stores or services your family might need, like pharmacies, clothing, banks and doctors.
We suggest that people have three different locations in mind, to give you different types of locations and choices depending on the circumstances.   As you create your plan, write everything down in detail.  If you have to use this plan, you and the people you love are probably going to be in panic mode and following an easy to understand plan, will help calm and focus you.
Write down the people who will be travelling with you, and any special instructions you’ll need to gather everyone together, in case a disaster or emergency occurs while you’re all away from home.  Name the location that you and your family will use to meet up with each other and the location you will be evacuating to, if you cannot live in your home, but your immediate area is still safe.  Include the address of the location, contact phone, email address and directions.
Next choose a location (writing down the details, address and contact information) that your family will use if you not only need to evacuate your home, but your immediate area or city.  This might happen during a moderate hurricane or a tornado.  Your third location is out of state, for a serious, widely destructive emergency like Hurricane Katrina, the Iceland Volcano, or other disaster that will make your entire region uninhabitable.
You will also include these locations in your family’s ICE Contacts and emergency wallet cards.  Now, no matter what the disaster, even a fire or local emergency, you and your family will now know where and how to gather, and who will be responsible for what, so you can quickly reunite and travel on to your emergency location together.  If you like, you can also give a card to the person you chose to be your out-of-area contact as well.   Will you have any pets travelling with you?  Be sure to fill out the pet section, so that you will have all the information you need for them, like the name and numbers for the veterinarian, their licenses, and names/numbers of kennels in the location you are evacuating to and any prescriptions or special instructions you’ll need until you return home.
So are YOU prepared to deal with an earthquake?  Let’s see how Victoria Beckham dealt with an “earthquake” when they moved to LA.  Okay it was a simulator, but you’ll get the idea…   And so did she :-)
Your Get Back To Life Plan
The worst part of any disaster, short of losing a loved one, is the possibility that the home you love and care for and everything in it would be damaged beyond repair.  That is what your Get Back To Life Plan is all about.
Imagine that you and your family have survived an earthquake, but had to leave your area because it is uninhabitable.   You’re in your evacuation location two days after the hurricane subsides.  The phone rings.  It’s a good friend of yours, who has just toured your neighborhood and is calling to tell you that your home is badly damaged and he doubts that you will be able to live in it for several months, if ever again.  After you and your family hold each other for a while and talk, you finally feel strong enough to open your Backup Plan 3.0 Notebook.   There you find your Get Back To Life Plan and begin making calls to your insurance agent, your contractor and your boss.  You call the local real estate agent in your evacuation city and ask her to begin looking for temporary housing, register your children in the local school, and begin calling the contacts you need (that you jotted down just in case), to help you settle in.  Getting settled is easier than you thought, since you have copies of all of the vital documents you need, like your birth certificates and property deeds in a safe deposit box at the local bank.  It takes some time, but with hard work and a lot of courage, you and your family are back to living in a matter of weeks.
Now imagine the same scenario, the same phone call, holding your family, talking and then realizing that you have no plan and no clue how to get back to living your life.   It’s CNN coverage all over again.  The best part of this little scenario is that it hasn’t happened to you and that you have time right now, to make sure no matter what ever occurs in your area, you and your family will be prepared.
Either download our Get Back To Life Plan, or grab a piece of paper.  Take a few minutes to answer the following questions:
  • How will we handle our bank accounts, paying our monthly bills and receiving our paychecks?  How much emergency cash do we need to have, while traveling?
  • What are our credit card limits and toll free numbers for emergency increases?
  • How will we work?  Will we work remotely or have to look for new positions?  What people or contacts can we call about temporary or permanent jobs?
  • How will we handle our medical, dental and prescription needs while in the new location?  What doctors and dentists can we use while there?
  • How long can we stay in our evacuation location?  If we need to remain evacuated longer, where will we go/stay?  Who will our real estate contacts be, if we need to find new permanent or temporary housing?
  • How are we going to secure the property or vehicles we had to leave behind?
  • How will we take care of our pets, during the evacuation and until we find new permanent housing?
  • How will we handle our transportation needs?  What contacts will we need to purchase or lease vehicles?
  • How will we handle our daycare needs?  How will we handle getting our children into school if necessary?  What schools or contacts will we need, to enroll them in a new school in a temporary or new location?
  • How will we handle any special needs in our family?
Once you’ve answered the questions, get your family together to work out any potential problems you have uncovered and then draft your plan.  And don’t forget to compile a list of real estate agents, financial contacts and jobs, schools, doctors and other professionals or information that you might need to establish yourself in the new city temporarily or permanently.
Starting over is never easy, especially when it happens because of a disaster or other life changing emergency.  But taking a few hours now to think through and draft a plan, will give you and your family the direction, information and support that you need, to get through not only the first hours and days after a disaster, but the first steps back to living the life you’ve worked so hard to build.
In case you missed any parts of the series, here are the links to the first two posts…
How To Get Ready For An Earthquake – Part One
How To Get Ready For An Earthquake – Part Two

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How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.comYour mission is to learn how to back up all of those voice mail messages you’ve been saving and resaving, so that you can keep them safe and sound without worrying about losing them.   When we first started writing our books, I was really surprised to hear how many people have old voice mails on their phones and answering machines that they keep resaving over and over again for sentimental reasons.  For some people it’s the news of a new arrival to the family, or a job offer they’d been waiting for.  For others it’s the last message or the old voice mail greeting of a loved one who’s passed away. The problem with trying to save voice mail messages this way, is that one hiccup from a cell phone carrier or badly timed power outage and that message will be gone forever.  
That’s what happened to one woman.  When her fifteen year old son unexpectedly died in his sleep, she couldn’t bear to erase the greeting on his cell phone’s voicemail. So she kept his phone and service, just so she could call every once in a while to hear his voice.   Until one day when her cell phone carrier changed storage systems and lost his voicemail greeting.  
She was absolutely beside herself.  
Thankfully, weeks later, the cell phone carrier found the greeting, put it on a CD and sent it to her.  But when a recording is THAT important, you can’t just leave it up to chance, hoping that it never gets erased.   And backing it up is so easy to do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it months ago! 
Do you have a message that you want to save?  
Well the first thing you have to do is to figure out what method is best. 
Usually old messages are in one of three places.  
  • Your cell phone’s voice mail
  • A digital answering machine or landline voicemail system
  • Or an answering machine that uses a cassette tape
 Let’s Start With Your Cell Phone’s Voice Mail   
  • Most smartphones have an option within the voice mail to save the message to your Dropbox, iCloud or One Drive. That’s the easiest method, because your phone will save the recording for you, usually as an MP3.
  • Or you can save the file and email it to yourself.
  • Once the file is on your computer, store the message to your backup files as well as a portable hard drive for safe keeping
What If You Have An Older Cell Phone That Doesn’t Let You Save Your Messages As Files?
  • You can turn it into an MP3 with the MiCorder (we’ll cover this one in a minute)
  • Or you can call your cellphone carrier and ask them how to download a voice mail from your particular phone.
  • Or you can play the message on speakerphone and record it onto a digital recorder as an MP3 
What if Your Message Is On A Cassette Tape? 
The easiest way to archive it is to simply save the tape.  Which would be fine if this was just a simple message.  Since it’s not, and since cassettes have a habit of breaking, you really need to back up the message and save it to your computer as an MP3, for safekeeping.  
Our favorite tool to use for this – and also for backing up messages from older cell phones is a MiCorder.  It’s an amazing little device from Olens Technology you can find it at olenstechnology.com.  A MiCorder will record any kind of audio from any device, as long as it has a headphone jack, and save it as an MP3. 

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You just plug the patch cord (which is included) into your cassette player or your cellphone’s headphone jack, then play the message and MiCorder will turn it into an MP3 so you can transfer it to your computer for safe keeping.  It also works amazingly well to turn cassettes and vinyl albums into MP3s.   
Finally!  A way to get all your favorite old music onto our smartphone or tablet! 
What If Your Message Is On An Answering Machine With A Digital Chip Or A Landline Voicemail System? 
Play the message out loud on your digital answering system and record it onto a digital recorder, like your smartphone. 
If the message is on a landline voicemail system, use a speakerphone to play the message out loud and record it.  
This is also the best way to save a voicemail greeting from a smartphone, since a greeting can’t usually be saved like a message can. 
Or You Can Leave It To The Professionals
If you have an old cell phone with a treasured message or voicemail greeting on it on it and would rather leave the archiving to the professionals, it’s time to go to CBW Productions.  You can find them at www.cbwproductions.com.
They’ll make a copy of any message that’s on your cell phone’s voice mail and email you the MP3 copy.  Or if you would rather, they’ll send it to you on a CD.  
The next time someone leaves you a message that you never want to lose, do yourself a favor. Take five minutes to back it up.
And if you have any type of message that you need to back up that we didn’t cover here, let us know on the comments below, so we can help you figure it out. 
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Anachronism

We’re developing a new one hour drama series called “Anachronism”, for our production company, Lion And The Rock Entertainment.   Got the script, got the list of talent we want…
Problem is, we like both of the logos we’ve come up with and can’t choose between them!
We’d love to get your opinion.  Which one do you like better, choice A or choice B and why?
Choice A:
Anachronism | A new drama series by Janet and Laura Greenwald www.lionandtherock.com
Choice B:
Anachronism | A new drama series by Janet and Laura Greenwald www.lionandtherock.com
And the winner by a rather large landslide is Choice A.  It’s on the pilot script and circulating at studios and networks as we speak.  Thanks for your input!!!  
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