Did you know that your iPhone can save your life?
And it’s not just iPhone but any kind of smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy, Droid Incredible or even the Windows Phone. The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency. And the way to do that is with ICE.
But… And this is a BIG but…
If you usually password protect your phone, emergency personnel might not be able to see your ICE information.
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?
As long as you set up your ICE contact correctly, all an emergency worker has to do is ask Siri to retrieve it for them!
And THAT is why you need to put nothing but the word ICE in the Name field of your ICE Contact. Then put your contact’s full name and relationship in the Company Name field (John Jones – Husband).
Even when your iPhone is passcode locked, all you have to do is Press and Hold Down the Main Home Key on your phone to access Siri. Then say to Siri, “Contacts ICE”. Siri will then display all the information you have saved as ICE. If you place any other words in the name field besides ICE, your phone will sort it differently and Siri won’t recognize the contact as ICE.
Remember, if someone is looking for your ICE Contact, you may be unconscious and unable to communicate medical information for yourself. In fact, if you do tend to password lock your phone, you should definitely put vital medical information like allergies or chronic illnesses into the Notes Section of your contact as well, just in case the ICE contact is the only contact on your phone that medical personnel can access.
Take a look at the graphic below, to see what happens when you ask Siri for your ICE Contact.
And if you happen to be a healthcare professional, remember these instructions the next time you encounter an unconscious patient with a locked iPhone. Press and hold down the main home key to access Siri and say “Contacts ICE”. You never know. That one little question might just uncover all of the information you need to save a life!
What If Siri Won’t Bring Up That Contact When Your Phone Is Password Locked?
On a few iPhones, depending on the model and operating system, Siri won’t bring up any contacts when your phone is locked. The best time to find out if this is true for your phone, is now – before someone needs to find your ICE Contact! All you have to do is set up your contact, lock your phone and ask Siri for the contact.
If Siri doesn’t locate the contact, simply put your ICE Contact information on your lock screen as a graphic. You can either do that manually, or by getting the new ICE Contact Lock Screen App created by the London paramedic who started it all, Bob Brotchie.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other 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 while you’re feeling proactive, 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…
Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0
The Backup Plan 3.0, is filled with quick, easy, 5 minute steps you can take right now, to get everything that’s important to you organized, safe, sound and accessible. Each section covers a different area, from backing up and fixing family photos, home movies and music, to vital documents, medical and financial information and even getting your digital life in order. This special Bonus Edition includes 7 downloadable Bonus Books. Paperback Edition $24.99 Buy now at Amazon.com Downloadable PDF Edition $8.00 Buy Now Read more about it
Bulk orders & customization available for your company/organization. Contact us for more details.
No one will ever forget the footage from Superstorm Sandy of family after family searching through the wreckage of their homes for their keepsakes, only to find their most cherished possessions completely ruined. Don’t let this tragedy happen to YOUR parents. In this book you’ll learn how to help them back up their photos, videos, vinyl albums & address books, how to record and safeguard their vital information, medical history and vital documents. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it
Your Business Continuity Plan May Be Missing Something… Like your employees, for instance? If your city is struck by a tornado, earthquake or other disaster, it isn’t just your company that will be affected – so will your employees. That’s why you need to make sure they’re as prepared for an emergency as YOU are. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Read More About It