How Many ICE Contacts Should You Have?

Good Question!

The hardest part about putting an ICE Contact on your phone is deciding who your contacts will be.  
We always recommend a minimum of two ICE Contacts, just in case emergency personnel can’t reach your first one. Having three or four is even better. But the real answer to the question depends on you and your needs.  
Do you or your spouse travel frequently?  Then you definitely need two or more contacts, just in case your spouse is out of town.  If you’re the one who travels, one of your contacts should include your assistant or a colleague who can help gather the troops if you need help.
Even if you and your spouse don’t travel much — or separately — take a moment to think of a few more people, who you would want to be notified in an emergency.  After all, what if your spouse forgot to charge his phone or worse, is involved in the same emergency that you are?

How Many ICE Contacts Should You Have

An ICE Contact should be someone that you want there with you at the hospital or, if you’re seriously injured or unconscious, someone who you would trust to make decisions on your behalf.  Someone very close to you, 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 parents or siblings, ask them if they’re comfortable with being your emergency contact.  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. 
How do you differentiate between the ICE Contacts on your phone?  Simple.  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 people will be able to call other cities, even though their own local phones 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.   In this case, you would 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 posts 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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