Did you know that your Android phone can save your life?
And it’s not just Androids like the LG GS or Moto X4 but any kind of smartphone, including the iPhone X! The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency. And the way to do that is with ICE. By the way if you’d like to download these instructions, just click here for the PDF version.
What is ICE?
During Hurricane Katrina, so many people were injured, unconscious and separated from their families that emergency workers came up with the idea of putting an ICE – In Case Of Emergency – Contact in their cell phones. Now, when a patient who is unconscious or unable to speak comes into the emergency room, hospitals worldwide check their smartphone for an ICE contact, to help them locate their next of kin. Everyone in your family should have an ICE contact in his or her smartphone. In fact, they should have two just in case the first contact is unavailable. If you have our book Ready, you should already have at least one ICE contact. So let’s learn how to set one up on an Android Phone.
Before You Begin…
…you’d better decide who your ICE Contacts will be. The first one of course will be your spouse, partner, best friend or close relative. Someone that you want there with you at the hospital or, if need be, making decisions on your behalf. But what if that person is also injured, or is out of town or forgot to charge their phone? Why not choose one additional person to be an ICE Contact – someone very close to you, who you know will drop everything to race to your side and handle things until your significant other can be reached.
Let’s set up your first ICE Contact.
Touch the Contacts Icon on your phone to open up your Contacts. Click on the plus sign + to add a new contact — depending on your phone, you might have to click on the three dots in the corner of the contact screen first — and touch the First Name Field. Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word ICE. We’re doing this because most Android phones sort contacts by their first name by default. You’ll want your contact to show up as ICE — not as your contact’s actual name.
Next, touch the Last Name Field and enter your contact’s full name and relationship to you, ie. John Jones Husband. Now when someone looks at the contact, they’ll see ICE along with your emergency contact’s full name. Do the same thing for your second ICE contact – then call it ICE2.
Time To Make Your Phone Do Some Heavy Lifting…
The best thing about a smartphone is that you can put everything that you need to communicate, right inside this one contact. Here’s the basic information you need to include: Put all the information you possibly can into your two ICE Contacts. For example:
Your emergency contact’s Main Number/Cell number/ Work number, Relationship to you
Email Address & IM, Twitter and Facebook address (in case landlines are down & you need to send an emergency message )
Other info, for example, days that the contact is at a certain location
Add extra fields if you need them.
Use the Notes Section to list your Allergies, Current Medications or the Names & Numbers of your Physicians.
Be sure to include every piece of information you can. Why? Because you never know what type of communication will or won’t be working. For instance, after the Japan earthquake, many people were able to reach each other via Twitter or Facebook even though their landline phones and Wi-Fi weren’t working.