Did you know that your Cell Phone can save your life?
How? The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency. And the way to do that is with ICE.
Even if it’s not the smartest phone in town, your plain old cell phone can be a real life saver. In fact, it’s just as easy to set up an ICE Contact on a phone that’s not a smartphone. Just keep in mind that every phone is different, so you might have to play around with the contact a bit, to get all the information into it, that you want to include.
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 The Backup Plan 3.0, you should already have at least one ICE contact. So let’s learn how to set one up on your beloved old cell 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 or two additional people to be ICE Contacts. Just make sure that they are people who are 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.
Ready to set up your first ICE Contact?
Once you decide, Touch the Contacts Icon on your phone to open up your Contacts.
Depending on the type of phone you have, your Contacts Icon might look different than the ones we have here.
Click on Add New to add a new contact and touch the First Name Field. Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word ICE.
Do the same thing for your second ICE contact – then call it ICE2.
Time To Make Your Cell Phone Do Some Heavy Lifting…
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 information, like the days that the contact is at a certain location
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.