How To Choose An ICE Contact

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Even though you know you need one…

The hardest part about putting an ICE Contact on your phone can be deciding who your contact will be. 
The GOOD news is, it’s not as hard as you think, even if you aren’t married or your family lives thousands of miles away.
An ICE Contact should be someone that you would want there with you at the hospital, or who, if you’re seriously injured or unconscious, you would trust to make decisions on your behalf.  Someone very close to you, who doesn’t go out of town all the time and who you know will drop everything to race to your side and handle things or make sure that your children are taken care of, until your spouse or other relatives arrive.
Anyone that you trust can be your ICE Contact.  But if you choose someone besides your spouse or your parents ask them if they’re comfortable with it too.  Some people simply aren’t good in an emergency or wouldn’t want to be responsible for the well being of another person, no matter how much they love you or even if they’re related to you. 
If you have any life-threatening allergies or if there is anything in your medical history that an emergency room doctor would absolutely need to know, don’t just put that information into your ICE Contact (you can find out how to do that right here on the blog).  Make sure you also tell the people you’ve named as your contacts where to find that information on your phone.  If you have a lot of information to convey, you can always create a medical information form and save the link to it, inside your contact.  Just make sure your contact knows where it is so they can point that out to emergency personnel.
Are you married?   Then I guess you know who your first contact will be.  But before you just jot down your spouse and no one else as an emergency contact, take a moment to think of a few other people you would want to have as your ICE Contacts just in case.  After all, what if your spouse is out of town, forgot to charge his phone or worse, is involved in the same emergency that you are. 
That’s why we always suggest that people have, at the very least, two ICE Contacts. Preferably, three or four.   Just make sure you name them ICE 1, ICE2 and so on, in order of preference.  
And while you’re at it, be sure to name one out of town relative or close friend who can be your out of area contact, in case communications in your own city are down.  Many times calls to other cities will go through, even though your own local phone networks or cell towers are overloaded.
If you travel a great deal for business — especially internationally, we recommend that you put a minimum of 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.
 While you’re here, be sure to check out our other ICE Contact posts like How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or How To ICE Your Samsung Galaxy to learn everything you need to know about ICEing your phone.   And 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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