Did you know that your iPhone can save your life?
And it’s not just iPhones but any kind of smartphone, like the Droid Incredible, Samsung Galaxy 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.
There are some important things that you need to put into your ICE Contact — like well, the name of your contact. And there is a correct way to do it that ensures emergency personnel will see it right away.
But when it comes to ICE Contacts, some information is more important than others.
Here are the FIVE Things You Should Always Have In Your ICE Contact:
The Notes section of your contact is a great place to store everything that doesn’t fit into the regular contact fields. Like the fact that you had surgery last year or that you are allergic to penicillin and other important bits about your medical history that you would need a physician to know.
Any prescription medication that you regularly take, over the counter medicines that you usually take along with any supplements can be vital in a trauma situation. Put them in the notes section right before the rest of your medical history.
Your Contact’s Social Media Links
Adding your ICE Contact’s social media links or screen names gives you and emergency personnel another way to reach them. Many times Wi-Fi will be up and running even though regular cell or phone service is not. A quick DM (direct message) or Tweet might be the only way to get someone’s attention, fast.
Alternate Numbers For Your Contact
If your contact is at different locations on different days, using the alternate phone numbers fields are a great way to go. Either type in the location/day next to the number, or if your phone doesn’t let you do that, put the days/locations in the notes area of your contact.
Your Contact’s Relationship To You
For example, let’s say that you have two ICE Contacts. One is your mom and the other is your close friend Susan. If a medical team needs information quickly they’ll probably want to call mom instead of the friend. Sure you can slip in the word friend next to Susan’s name, but unless you put it in the right way, chances are, it will get cut off or will not be immediately clear to an already overworked ER staff.
But if you type in your relationship to your contact, or even better, use the Relationship field, the difference between Mom and Friend is unmistakable.
That’s it. Five vital things. Five minutes. Easy, wasn’t it?
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To ICE Your Samsung Galaxy and How To ICE your iPhone 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.
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