If you’ve been reading our blog for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that we talk quite a bit about ICEing your phone.
Have you ever wondered why? It’s because everyone is always asking us how to put an ICE Contact on their phone!
They know they need one, they know they want one, but they’re not quite sure how to get it or what to put in it once they do it.
So what is an ICE Contact any way?
During the London Bombings and Hurricane Katrina, so many people were injured and separated from their families that a London paramedic named Bob Brotchie came up with the idea of telling people to put an iCE – In Case of Emergency – contact on their cell phones. Now, hospitals worldwide, check patient’s phones for their ICE contact, to locate their next of kin.
Why is it important to have one?
The most important reason every member of your family should have an ICE Contact on his or her phone, is because you can’t be everywhere, all the time.
There’s always one person in every family who keeps everyone else going. The person who can recite every illness and prescription drug his or her kids, spouse and dogs have ever had. Usually it’s the wife, but you never know!
But when your family is at work, or school or at different activities all over town there’s NO way that you can be with them every second of every day. But you CAN tuck all of that information into an ICE Contact on their cell phone, so a doctor or an emergency room can use it to take care of them, until you get there.
Every year more than one million people enter the ER unconscious or unable to give the hospital their vital information. On average it takes hospitals over 6 hours to find a patient’s vital information, and that’s if they have the patient’s name. But when you have an ICE Contact on your cell phone and an emergency card in your wallet, you’re not only giving them all the info they need to contact the people you love, you’re also giving them all the information they need to treat you with your specific medical needs in mind.
Totally worth the five minutes it’s going to take you to set up your ICE Contact and emergency card, isn’t it?
I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Donna Miller of Blog Talk Radio’s, Your Preparation Station for her show Surviving on Shoestrings to kick off the #ICEMyPhone Campaign. Here is the first half of that interview.
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…