Did you know that your Samsung Galaxy can save your life?
And it’s not just the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Core, but any kind of smartphone, like the iPhone 10, LG G5 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?
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. These instructions should work on most Galaxies including Samsung Galaxy S7 and S10. 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.
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.