If I Need Help Tags Provide Life Saving Information For People With Autism

If I Need Help Autism QR Codes

This week we’re honored to have a guest post from Erin Wilson, founder of the non-profit organization If I Need Help and creator of an entire line of If I Need Help wearable QR codes for people with Autism.  Here’s Erin’s story…

My son Jay who has severe Autism was lost at school before and another time at an amusement park.  Thankfully, he was quickly found.  Studies report that wandering is the only cause of death due to Autism and that roughly half of people who have Autism wander from safe places.  The majority being people who have low or nonverbal ability.  My husband and I wanted to create a way to let people who see our son if he is lost to know that he is a person who needs help and then tell them how to help him.  So we started a Non Profit named If I Need Help making personal wearable QR codes, when scanned or manually entered it links to a live profile that can be edited in real time. The code can be printed out with the free membership. Also the Emergency Q&A can be filled in at the Caregiver’s leisure and emailed to first responders during a crisis.

If I Need Help QR Codes Help People With Autism

We offer many different ways to wear the code:  patches, pins, clips, keychains, custom iD tags for shoes or necklaces, seat belt alerts and ID cards.  Custom Temporary tats will be out soon.  This way of identification and information is now also helping people with mental illness, memory care or with physical conditions in which they may need help during critical situations. Please go to IfiNeedHelp.org to learn more.

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Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

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.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

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

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

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

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Make Your Family Findable – Spring Break Edition!

It’s Spring!!!  

Finally, right?  Even though in most places, it wasn’t a bad winter weather-wise, it’s definitely time to shed the gloves, hats and boots and break out the sandals and spend more time outdoors.

Whether you and your family are getting ready for vacation or sending the kids  off on Spring Break, here are a couple of things to add to your smartphone or suitcase before you leave.  Don’t worry, they won’t take up much space.  And they might just help keep you and your family safe.
Another great way to keep the family safe while away from home, is to make sure they’re findable in five minutes or less. That’s a lesson that Senator Evan Bayh learned the hard way when he and his wife found themselves in Tokyo during the Fukushima earthquake.  He was doing press, she was shopping across town and suddenly, they quake struck and they were on their own.  Yes he had a staff that was eventually able to reunite them.  But if you’re light on staff, here are some great tips to keep tabs no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
Don’t have time to read the whole post?  Just right click to download the Make Your Family Findable Shortcut Sheet
Making Your Family Findable
Smartphones, tablets and notebook computers are a phenomenal way to stay in touch with each other during an emergency.  Whether you send an email, text, tweet or Facebook message, you can find out the location and condition of everyone you love in seconds.   In a dire emergency, you can even send help, confirm or update emergency plans and even mobilize family and friends to be at the side of someone who’s been injured, using real time information. 
Since emergencies are by nature, completely unpredictable, the best way to prepare yourself and your family is to give yourselves as many different avenues of communication as possible.   You never know which one will make the difference.
So going back to our example, during earthquakes in Japan, cell phone towers barely worked because of earthquake damage and overloaded networks.  But Wi-Fi was up and running.  So what kept the Japanese connected with their families and the outside world?  Twitter, Facebook, Skype and YouTube!   Whether we’re talking about tornadoes in Oklahoma, wildfires in Colorado or Superstorm Sandy, giving yourself and your family options is a smart idea.
Update Your Smartphones
When you created your Family Evacuation Plan (if you haven’t done that yet, go do it now – we’ll wait for you), you listed the phone numbers, email addresses and social media addresses for each family member in your household. 
Now we’re going to take that one step further by adding all of that information to each family member’s smartphones.  While you’re at it, add new contacts on everyone’s phones for all of your out-of-area emergency contacts. 
Direct Messaging
If cell phone service is down and you are unable to text, don’t forget that Twitter and Facebook can also be used to send direct messages.  Those are personal messages that only go to the recipient – not broadcast to the whole world. If you don’t know how to send a direct message, here’s a quick tutorial. 
First, you need to make sure that every member of your family is following or has “liked” all of the other family members on Twitter and Facebook.  That will enable you to direct message each other.
  • For Twitter, click on Messages, then Direct Messages and then type in @ and the family member’s username.  Then type in your message and hit send.
  • For Facebook, click the little message icon at the top of your page (between the little people and the little earth).  Then click Send New Message and type in the name of the recipient or recipients and click send.
When Time Is An Issue…
Using a social media platform like HootSuite.com may help.  With HootSuite, you can send a single message that can be posted to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn simultaneously, ensuring that your family or friends would see your message immediately, no matter what site they happen to be on at the moment.
The Value Of A Photo
During the Joplin tornado, even lifelong residents found themselves disoriented when the tornado turned their normal landmarks into kindling. 
If your spouse or kids don’t know where they are after an emergency and need help a quick photo texted or uploaded to Instagram or Facebook could help you locate them.  This is especially true of GPS enabled phones or photos with geolocation.
Creating A Communications Plan
Once you and your family have updated your phones and completed your evacuation plans, sit down with them to discuss the ways you can use technology to stay in touch with each other during a disaster. 
Come up with some sample scenarios; for example, if a disaster were to happen while your family members were at work, at school or running errands during a normal day. 
  • How would you connect with each other? 
  • Would you text each other, or would calling or emailing be faster? 
  • If you have teens or young adults at home, their natural proclivity may be to send out a text or a tweet on Twitter, to update everyone, including you, on their location or situation. 
Find out the types of communication everyone prefers and then create an emergency communication plan that makes sense for your family.
What If?
Another great discussion to have with your family, especially with school age children, is what they would do if they had to get a hold of you but the cell phone system was out, or what to do if there was an area-wide blackout.    Don’t laugh, that actually happened to us in California!
Kids are so used to technology that they might not have the experience that they need to do things the old school way.   The best way to plan is to give yourselves as many ways as possible to stay connected.  Then if one or two normal methods are unusable, you’ll all simply turn to a different method to reach each other. 
Grab The Sat Phone
If you’re in an area with frequent emergencies like tornadoes or hurricanes, live out in the country or have a family member in a foreign country, consider getting satellite phones. 
They work in remote areas where there is no cell phone coverage and when cell towers are down.  If you don’t want the expense of a dedicated satellite phone, there are a few devices that turn your smartphone into a satellite phone.  
What’s The Code?
Lastly, consider creating a Family Emergency Code or Word.  This is a code or word that only you and your immediate family know. 
When a family member says it, texts it or emails it to the rest of the family, it signals that they’re in trouble and need help. 
It’s only to be used in extreme emergency and means that everyone needs to drop what they’re doing and establish contact with each other, immediately. 
Find My Family ASAP
Find My Friends is an iPhone app that is designed to let you know at a glance where your friends are.  But you can also use it to immediately locate your children, spouse and loved ones in an emergency. 
All your family has to do is allow you access on their phones, and if need be, you can immediately see where everyone is in real time, complete with map and directions.
Now that you know what to do, go download our free shortcut sheet, How To Make Your Family Findable, use it to update your phones, grab your flip flops and sunscreen and you’ll be on your way.   
Happy Spring!   #springbreak #familyvacation
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Introducing… Connected

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Connected | The Book Inspired By The Blog.

Connected | Saving Lives & Connecting Families One Smartphone @ A Time. rnn10.wordpress.com

What if I told you, there was one thing that you own and probably have with you right now, that can give you the support, information & ability you need to keep everyone and everything you love safe and sound, PLUS the power to gather your family in seconds no matter where they are. What is it? It’s your smartphone! Introducing Connected, an easy to read, easy to use guide that gives you everything you need to turn your smartphone into your very own life preserver. Purchase Connected @ Amazon.com

Mobile App Helps Emergency Personnel Treat Patients With Autism

ICE4Autism App

ICE4Autism provides person-specific, actionable information for quicker more efficient and effective treatment of individuals with ASD

The successful outcome of any interaction between a subject/casualty and first responders depends, along with other variables, on the emergency response team’s rapid access to critical details about the individual. This is particularly true when the person has a unique set of needs about which the first responders may be unaware – such as those associated with autism.
Emergency response personnel are tasked with responding to ALL calls, including those involving individuals with special needs. They are expected to respond not only professionally but compassionately, an expectation that implies a seemingly allusive understanding of person-specific needs and sensitivities.
AUTISM
The Centers for Disease Control describes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as: “developmental disabilities that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests”. Autism is a ‘spectrum disorder’ that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees meaning that no two people with autism are alike. Furthermore, the prevalence of autism is not affected by race, region, or socio-economic status.
Individuals with an ASD often suffer from additional co-morbid diagnoses which may include: allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, and more. And, in contrast to physical disabilities, in many cases without explicit knowledge or information, an onlooker will have no idea that a person has autism — and it is, therefore, often referred to as an “invisible disability”.
Since autism was first diagnosed in the U.S. its incidence has climbed from one in 10,000 to one in 68 children making it the country’s single fastest growing developmental disability. As children with autism grow up, they do not “outgrow” their autism, but rather develop, to varying degrees, an array of skills to cope with their unique communication, social and behavioral differences.
FIRST RESPONDERS AND AUTISM
Current statistics estimate that over the next 10 years half a million teens with autism will transition into adulthood. Furthermore, research has shown that individuals with autism are seven to 10 times more likely than their neurotypical peers to interact with first responders. Therefore the probability of interactions between emergency response personnel and those with autism increases with each passing day.
What does this mean in practical terms? Let us consider the following scenario:
A 9-1-1 call comes in that a young adult, 6 foot tall, 250 lb male has been involved in a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident. He is conscious but not responding to the good Samaritans’ questions.
When the first responders arrive, they start by asking the young man his name… no response. They ask him if he is in pain…No response. He becomes agitated and starts flapping his hands rapidly and repetitively.
Has the young man not heard the questions? Does he not understand English? Has the crash caused head trauma resulting in disorientation? Perhaps he is diabetic and low blood sugar is causing his confusion?
What should the first responders do? In the worst case scenario, they are left to guess, make assumptions and precede based on standard operating procedures that may, or may not, be the best course of treatment. Or, in the best case scenario, they have easy and efficient access to the information about the young man that would help them understand his needs and treat him properly.
THE ICE CONCEPT
The “ICE” — In Case of Emergency – concept is the brain-child of Bob Brotchie, a former senior paramedic and current psychotherapy counsellor. A combination of Bob’s professional experience and his own emergency incident, led to his “lightbulb” moment: a uniform method adopted by both the public and first responders for providing and accessing emergency contact information in case of emergency – ICE.  The goal was for people to enter their emergency contact(s) information into their mobile phones using the ICE preface thereby informing first responders who to contact.
In 2005, only a few months after Bob first conceived of the idea, ICE went viral. It got the attention of both the general public and of the first responder community. As time passed and mobile technology evolved, so did the use and implementation of ICE on mobile devices. The public’s reliance on smartphones, along with their becoming an essential accessory to be kept on-hand at all times, yielded an array of ICE mobile apps. This 21st century implementation of the ICE concept broadened its capability and value: in addition to emergency contact information, many of the apps also store a variety of medical history, medications, allergy, insurance and other details that can help first responders in their assessment and treatment of injured, confused or unconscious patients.
Historically, first responders have looked for a wallet card or document in a subject’s wallet; now, with the advent of ICE apps, they have an additional potential resource on the person’s smartphone.
AUTISM, ICE4Autism AND THE EMERGENCY SITUATION
Easy and efficient access to specific information about an autistic person’s communication challenges and needs, their unique behaviors and triggers, sensitivities, allergies, medical information and their emergency contacts can dramatically improve the outcome of any emergency response interaction. ICE4Autism – the only autism-specific in case of emergency (ICE) mobile app – gives people on the spectrum and first responders a practical solution they’ve never had before. Instead of relying on efforts to directly communicate with the person – who may be unconscious, altered and/or have communication challenges – first responders can use ICE4Autism to quickly obtain the person-specific, actionable information they need to treat the individual appropriately.

ICE4Autism App

Returning to our scenario, the ICE4Autism app could inform the responders that yes, in fact, the young man had heard their questions and did understand English, but that he needed a bit more time to process the questions and to respond. They might also learn that no, he does not have diabetes, but that he does have sensory integration dysfunction making the sirens and/or bright lights a contributing factor to his agitation and difficulty focusing. They may be informed that the repetitive hand flapping is a calming mechanism he implements and that they should allow him to continue unless there is a critical reason to make him stop. The app would also tell them how to contact the people who (most likely) know him best, can help with additional information, treatment decisions and, most importantly, can come to his side and provide him with the love and support that everyone needs and benefits from in an emergency.

ICE4Autism App

CONCLUSION
To overcome the unique challenges presented by the increasing incidence of interactions between the first responder and autism communities, both parties benefit from the exploitation of newly-available 21st century tools. The broad utilization of the ICE4Autism mobile app throughout the autism community will enhance first responders’ abilities to provide needs-aware and person-specific care thereby improving outcomes and quality of care.
Emergency personnel have lauded ICE4Autism for its ease-of-use, practicality and innovation. Individuals on the spectrum have expressed their appreciation for app’s elimination of generalizations and assumptions about people with autism by enabling each person to include his/her unique and specific information. And, in awarding ICE4Autism the “Best of ICE” designation, Bob Brotchie, founder of the ICE concept, described the app as: Affordable, intuitive, respectful – and most of all – of value. ICE4Autism is a game-changer for anyone who has the potential to experience difficulties communicating their needs in the emergency scenario.”
Both first responders and members of the autism community should leverage new technologies and forward-thinking solutions to improve the outcomes of their inevitable interactions with each other.  The integration of such tools will enhance the quality of care individuals with autism receive and the ability of first responders to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.
MORE INFORMATION:
On the Web: www.ICE4Autism.com
On the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/ice4autism/id969601780?mt=8
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ice4autism/
On Twitter: @ICE4Autism (https://twitter.com/ICE4Autism)
Wanda Refaely, Founder & Chief ICE Cube: 

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Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

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.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

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

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

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

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How To Make Your ICE Contact Stand Out On A Samsung Galaxy

How To Make Your ICE Contact Stand Out

Did you know that your Samsung Galaxy can save your life?

And it’s not just Galaxies but any kind of smartphone, like the Droid Incredible, Windows Phone or even the iPhone 6.
The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency.  And the way to do that, is with ICE.
But what good is an ICE Contact if the people who need that information immediately, can’t find it?
Let’s make sure no one misses it!
Once you finish setting up your ICE Contacts, (you can find out how to do that right here) make it stand out by using the Add Photo function to upload a graphic like the ones on this page.   You can make your own, or download ours from our Free Resources page.  
Once you find the graphic you want, choose Save Target As, to save it to your desktop. 
Then save or send the graphic to the Photos on your phone. 
Open your ICE Contact, Touch the little photo icon, Choose Image, pick the graphic you want and Save.
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts including How To Set Up An ICE Contact on 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.   

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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Introducing… The ICE My Phone Kit!

Buy Paperback Edition $14.99         Buy Downloadable Edition $5
More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Smartphone
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

_________________________________________________

The Book Inspired By The Blog. The Backup Plan 3.0

The Backup Plan 3.0 | Filled with Quick and easy steps you can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to you, safe, sound and accessible. rnn10.wordpress.com

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.

Take This Book To Your Parent's House | Filled with Quick and easy steps your parents can take right now, to keep everything that’s important to them, safe, sound and accessible. www.getyourstufftogether.com

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

 

Raise Money & Save Lives!  Free Customized Editions of our books make a great fundraiser for your organization, companyor an extra stream of income for you.  

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

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The Two Things You Should NEVER put in your ICE Contact

Everyone is always telling you what you need to put into your ICE Contact, but it amazes us that they never mention what NOT to put into it.

Maybe they simply don’t know…  So I guess it’s up to us to set the record straight.

Number One

Never, never, never put your Social Security Number in the ICE Contact on or iPhone.   Or in your iPhone.  Or in your wallet or any place else where you could misplace it, lose it or where others can see it.
A hospital will either wait for your family to bring it in or can get it from an old record or other legal source.  So just leave it where it is, hopefully in a nice secure place at home, like a locked safe.

Number Two

Your insurance member number.   Too much personal information is linked to that number to toss it into your phone.  In fact if you have Medicare, your Medicare Member Number is usually based on your Social Security Number.  If you want to include the name of your insurance company in your ICE Contact, that’s fine,  but the actual member numbers or other information can wait until your family has arrived or you have regained consciousness.

Repeat after me.

Social Security Cards and Insurance Member Numbers belong in a nice secure place at home.  That place does not include my phone, my ICE Contact or my wallet.  They only time these cards should EVER leave the house is when I’m going to a brand new doctor or to the hospital under my own power, after which they shall return back home to their safe, secure place as quickly as possible.   
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…

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How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

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How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
How To Find Your Patient’s Medical Information & ICE Contacts On An iPhone.
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Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
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Keep The People You Love Safe

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How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

How To Get Ready For…

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The Best Apps For Tornado Season
How To Get Ready For A Hurricane
How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
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8 Fields You Should Add To Your ICE Contact

8 Fields You Should Have In Your ICE Contact

Like most smartphones…

Your iPhone and your Samsung Galaxy let you change, add or create fields inside the contacts on your phone, so that you can customize it as much as you like. 

But what does this have to do with ICE Contacts?  Everything!
Adding new fields gives you a way to pack as much information as possible into your ICE Contact, in a way that makes it easy for emergency personnel to quickly understand and use.  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 add a Relationship field, the difference between Mom and Friend is unmistakable.  You see where we’re going with this…  
So here are the 8 Fields You Should Add To Your ICE Contact
Relationship
Already covered this one.  The best part about the Relationship field is that many phones already have it in your contact by default.
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 Phone Numbers
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.
Notes
The notes field is a great place to store everything that doesn’t fit into your regular contact.  Like your prescription medications, allergies and important bits about your medical history.
Physician 
If you have more than one main physician or want your physician’s name and number to stand out, most phones will let you create an original field that you can call anything you want.  Since physician probably won’t be in the drop down of fields to choose from, just add a new field, name it physician (or physician 1 and physician 2) and type in your doctor’s name and number.
Insurance Company 
Same thing with your insurance company.  If you want to include it, the name of your insurer will probably fit into the Notes section, but if you want it to have it’s own field or have an alternate insurer, just create it like the Physician field above.  Just make sure you don’t include your insurance member number or your social security number.
Important 
Have information you want to highlight?  Consider creating an “Important” field.
Links
One other field to add is Links.  In it you can include links to your medical history form and any other information that you feel you need to remember yourself, or communicate to emergency personnel.  
Need to know how to add a field to your phone?  Check out these other posts on our blog,  Adding a field to your iPhone or Adding a field to your Samsung Galaxy.
And 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.   
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Why You NEED Social Media Links In Your ICE Contacts

Why You Need Social Media Links In Your ICE Contact

Okay, phone numbers and an email address maybe, but why should I put my emergency contact’s Facebook or Twitter link in my ICE Contact?

Glad you asked…

In the middle of a busy, but quiet day in a Midwestern university lecture hall, the silence was pierced by a sudden hail of gunfire.  Students ran out of the hall and ducked under tables. Those who couldn’t move tried to make themselves as invisible as possible until help arrived. That day at Northern Illinois University, five students lost their lives. Many others were injured. As the police and security were struggling to control the situation, a number of the student’s parents not only knew that their children were all right, but they knew exactly what was happening in real time. So how did some people have a window into the NIU tragedy while others did not? Facebook and Twitter! As unlikely as it sounds, students ingeniously found a way to use their favorite method of keeping in touch with friends, as a tool to connect to the outside world in the middle of a crisis.
Students caught under desks and tables grabbed their smartphones and started communicating. Tweets went out on Twitter, notes and messages went up on Facebook pages, telling friends and family that students, who were literally in the thick of things, were all right. Others told loved ones or security officers the location of trapped students, facilitating their rescue. Friends started texting each other to find out where everyone was and, in the hours that followed, created Facebook pages memorializing the fallen. It was an amazing display of people, who are connected 24/7, using that same technology to communicate, connect, survive and heal.
That story has played out again and again during Oklahoma tornadoes, Superstorm Sandy and even the Japan earthquake.  In fact during the Japan earthquake, cell phone towers barely worked because of earthquake damage and overloaded networks.  But Wi-Fi?  Wi-Fi  was up and running.  So the things that the Japanese connected with their families and the outside world, were Twitter, Facebook, Skype and YouTube!
Smartphones, tablets and notebook computers are a phenomenal way to stay in touch during an emergency. Whether you send an email, text, tweet or Facebook message, you can find out the location and condition of everyone you love in seconds.
And the best way to do that, is to include the links (or screen names) of your family’s social media accounts, right inside your ICE Contact.  Not only will this ensure that you remember the strange assortment of letters in Uncle Fred’s screen name, but it will also give emergency personnel another way to reach your family members, if you need help.  

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In a dire emergency, you can even send help, confirm or update emergency plans and even mobilize family and friends using social media, because with it, you’ll always have real time information.  
The one thing about emergencies, is that they’re completely unpredictable.  The best way to prepare for them, is to give yourselves as many different avenues of communication as possible.
You never know which one will make the difference.
Want to learn how to put an ICE Contact on your phone the RIGHT way?  Then  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 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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How Much Medical History Should You Put In Your ICE Contact?

How Much Medical History Should I Put In My ICE Contact

How Much Medical History Should You Put In Your ICE Contact?

Any information a doctor would need to know about your history, in order to save your life.  
When a patient is brought into the emergency room unconscious, aside from obvious injuries, the doctors caring for him basically have no information about their patient.  They have no idea what he might be allergic to, what medications he’s taking, or the surgery he had the month before. 
THAT is the information that you need to put into your ICE Contact.  
Here’s a real life example of why that’s so important.  
Elaine was an active seventy-one year old living on her own in Chicago.  One day while getting ready to take a bath, she slipped and fell, striking her head and mouth on the side of the tub.  Her neighbors realized they hadn’t seen her all day and called the paramedics, who went in and found her, conscious, but unable to speak.
Elaine had previously been a patient at the hospital she was taken to, she had private insurance, Medicare and everything she needed.  Or so she thought.  Even though she was stable, injuries to her mouth made her unable to speak or swallow, so she was unable to speak for herself.  And that’s where things began to go off the rails…
Elaine was my grandma.  Despite the fact that the hospital had my mother’s and my contact information for our home in Los Angeles, the hospital neglected to call us.  By the time they did, Grandma was in critical condition from a drug interaction caused by a medication that they gave her that interacted with one that they didn’t realize she had been taking.  A few hours after the hospital called, she passed away.
We later found that one of the main factors that caused Grandma’s death was the fact that the doctors treating her didn’t have her medical or prescription drug history at their fingertips.
That’s how critical communicating a person’s vital medical information can be.
Your Emergency Medical Information – What To Include In Your ICE Contact 
Here’s the quickest way to figure it out…
Close your eyes for a moment & imagine that you’re sitting in the ER with an injury like a broken arm or that you need emergency surgery.   The doctor – someone who doesn’t know you or your unique medical needs – walks through the door.
What does this doctor need to know about you?   Jot down all of the things that just went through your mind.  Old injuries, allergies, surgeries, anything you think is important.   
Are there any other factors that might impact your care?  Are you on a special diet?  Do you take supplements or anything else that a doctor might need to know to give you the best care possible?
This is also a great exercise to do when setting up your family’s ICE Contacts or filling out their medical history forms. Just imagine them, one by one in the ER and write down everything you would need to tell a doctor about their medical background.  
Having all of this information in your and their ICE Contacts is not only a great way to communicate your medical needs if you’re unable to speak for yourself.  It’s also a great memory jogger to use when visiting a new doctor, or sitting in the ER with your spouse or your children.   
There’s nothing worse than having something on the tip of your tongue and not being able to remember it –except when the word you’re trying to remember is the name of a medication that the emergency room physician needs to save your daughter’s life!
So take a moment to run through this exercise for every member of your immediate family.  That way you’ll be sure to have an ICE Contact that does more than give a hospital your emergency numbers.  It might just give them the information they need to save your life.  Or the life of someone you love.  
While you’re here, stop by our post on How To Create a Medical History, to download our free medical history forms and find out ways to include your entire medical history right inside your ICE Contact.  
Want to learn how to create an awesome ICE Contact?  
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.   
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How To Choose Your Child’s ICE Contacts

How To Choose Your Child's ICE Contacts

It’s one thing choosing the people who will be your own ICE Contacts.  

But when it comes to choosing the people to be with your child in the emergency room if you and your spouse can’t get to her immediately — that’s a whole other matter.
Don’t worry.  You’re not alone.  
In fact many parents have so much trouble deciding who to appoint as their child’s alternate emergency contact, that they end up not appointing anyone.  This couldn’t have been more evident, than in the days after September 11th, when two thousand, one hundred children were left stranded in daycare.
Why?
Because their parents hadn’t filled out the “Who should we contact if you are not able to pick up your child?” field on their daycare emergency contact cards.
How could something so basic, strand two thousand children on one of the scariest days in American history?  Simple. Parents who love their children so much, that they just couldn’t think through what might happen, if they and their spouse were unable to reach them.  
It doesn’t even  take a real emergency for this to happen.  You could be stuck on the freeway, or in an airplane you were certain would arrive on time.
But when we’re talking about the ICE Contacts on your child’s smartphone — it’s even MORE important.  Your school-aged child is traveling back and forth to school, activities, out playing, visiting friends or at sleepovers…  And if he’s like most kids, the only emergency lifeline he has, is his smartphone.  
So let’s take a few moments to choose at least two emergency contacts besides you and your spouse.  
Imagine that you have an accident or are in the middle of a transportation nightmare and you and your spouse are unable to pick up your child from school one afternoon. 
Now imagine that you can’t get to her for two or three days. 
Who would you want taking care of her?
You need someone who knows your child extremely well.  Someone who would be able to calm her down and would have the energy to care for her.  Someone who knows what she likes and dislikes.  And, in case of extreme emergency like September 11th, it would really help to have someone with the ability, brains and fortitude to help locate you or your spouse, if overburdened emergency personnel weren’t able to help.
That’s the kind of thought you need to put into emergency planning, especially where your children are concerned.
Once you come up with your top two or three picks, give them a call and ask them if they would be comfortable being your child’s ICE 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 your child. 
If you need help creating an ICE Contact for your child, you’ll find a post on it, right here on the blog.  
When you have the contacts set up on his phone, sit down with the people you’ve chosen to be his ICE Contacts and let them know where his medical history, list of allergies and anything else they need is located on his phone.  Even better, give them a copy of his medical history form, or send them the link to it, so that if they ever need to, they can pass along that information to emergency personnel, until you arrive on scene.
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 own phone.  
Taking five minutes now to choose your child’s emergency contacts, could be one of the smartest moves you’ve made all week!
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How To Choose An ICE Contact

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Even though you know you need one…

The hardest part about putting an ICE Contact on your phone can be deciding who your contact will be. 
The GOOD news is, it’s not as hard as you think, even if you aren’t married or your family lives thousands of miles away.
An ICE Contact should be someone that you would want there with you at the hospital, or who, if you’re seriously injured or unconscious, you would trust to make decisions on your behalf.  Someone very close to you, who doesn’t go out of town all the time and 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 spouse or your parents ask them if they’re comfortable with it too.  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 or even if they’re related to you. 
If you have any life-threatening allergies or if there is anything in your medical history that an emergency room doctor would absolutely need to know, don’t just put that information into your ICE Contact (you can find out how to do that right here on the blog).  Make sure you also tell the people you’ve named as your contacts where to find that information on your phone.  If you have a lot of information to convey, you can always create a medical information form and save the link to it, inside your contact.  Just make sure your contact knows where it is so they can point that out to emergency personnel.
Are you married?   Then I guess you know who your first contact will be.  But before you just jot down your spouse and no one else as an emergency contact, take a moment to think of a few other people you would want to have as your ICE Contacts just in case.  After all, what if your spouse is out of town, forgot to charge his phone or worse, is involved in the same emergency that you are. 
That’s why we always suggest that people have, at the very least, two ICE Contacts. Preferably, three or four.   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 calls to other cities will go through, even though your own local phone networks 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.   How can emergency personnel tell which is which?  Simple.  Just 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 ICE Contact 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 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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How To Fill Out Your Family’s Emergency Contact Cards

In the days after September 11th, two thousand, one hundred children were left stranded in daycare.

Why?
Because their parents hadn’t filled out one of the fields on their daycare emergency contact cards.
“Who should we contact if you are not able to pick up your child?”
How could something so basic, strand two thousand children on one of the scariest days in American history?
Fear
The inability or refusal to take two minutes to think through what might happen, if they and their spouse were unable to reach their child.  The ridiculous thing is, it doesn’t even have to take a real emergency for this to happen.  You could be stuck on the freeway, or trapped in an airplane you were certain would arrive on time.
So take a few moments to think about it.  And please, please don’t just jot down the first name that pops into your head!
Imagine that you have an accident or are in the middle of a transportation nightmare and you and your spouse are unable to pick up your child from school one afternoon.  Now imagine that you can’t get to her for two or three days.  Who would you want taking care of her?
Choosing Your Emergency Contacts
You need someone who knows your child extremely well.  Someone who would be able to calm her down and would have the energy to care for her.  Someone who knows what she likes and dislikes.  And, in case of extreme emergency like September 11th, it would really help to have someone with the ability, brains and fortitude to help locate you or your spouse, if overburdened emergency personnel weren’t able to help.
That’s the kind of thought you need to put into emergency planning, especially where your children are concerned.
Medical History
Now what about your child’s medical history?  Some schools or day care centers don’t even provide a card for medical history, or the one they provide might be so sparse that it would be useless in a true medical emergency.  Don’t forget that you can simply create a medical history information sheet for them and see that it’s stored with your child’s records.  That way you can be sure that the information you would want emergency personnel to have in an emergency, will be right at their fingertips.
If you have already completed the section on Medical Information, you already have Medical History Forms for you and your children.  So grab their forms and let’s see how you did with them.
Did you include a current list of chronic conditions, allergies, medications and vitamins along with the dosage?  A list of all of your child’s health providers including specialists, dentists and other professionals who see your child on a regular basis?
Did you jot down things that a nurse or physician might need to know to help calm your child down while treating her, until you’re able to be at the hospital?   Your child’s likes and dislikes, favorite foods or toys or anything else that might help.   No matter how old your child is, kids tend to regress a bit when they’re hurting or frightened, so the information you provide here can go a long way towards keeping them calm and helping the medical team give them the treatment they need until you arrive at the hospital.
Take the emergency contact card from your child’s school or daycare provider and fill it in with your carefully-chosen emergency contacts as well as the information from the medical information form.  Like we said, if there’s not enough room to detail important information, just ask the school to store the medical information form you created earlier along with the emergency card.  And be sure to store the medical information form, or a link to it, in your smartphone in case you need to refer to it in an emergency.
Your Own Emergency Contact Card 
Just because you and your spouse are adults doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take your own emergency cards seriously.  Do we have to remind you about all the runners who have been rushed to the hospital in the middle of a 10K without a scrap of medical information?  Didn’t think so!
The moment you begin a job, register for school or run a marathon, you’re going to have to fill out your own card.  The best way to do it?  Exactly like you did for your kids.
Before you jot down your spouse and no one else as an emergency contact, take some time to think of another person or two, who you would want to be notified in an emergency.  Your spouse might be out of town, stuck with a dead cell phone or worse might be involved in the same emergency.
If that’s the case who would you want to be there with you?  Who would you trust to make decisions for you?  To take care of your children if need be, or keep things going until your spouse or other relatives arrive?
And take the same care with your medical history as you did with your children’s.  If there isn’t enough room on the contact form for allergies, medications or other vital information, attach the medical information form — if you don’t have one you can get one from this post .  Or you can simply attach an additional page of information to make sure your emergency form would actually help in an emergency!
Taking five minutes now to turn your emergency contact card into a truly valuable document, could be one of the smartest things you’ve ever done.
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Can Your Cell Phone Can Save Your Life?


Can Your Cell Phone Save Your Life?

Your cell phone can be a real life saver, but can it save your life?  You bet it can, and here’s how.
Can you imagine your life without that electronic appendage of yours? I’m taking about your cell phone. Hard to imagine isn’t it? If you’re like most people, it’s the main way that you connect with your family, friends and business associates. But few people viewed it as their literal lifeline. On 9/11 all that changed. As workers in and around the World Trade Center Can Your Cell Phone Can Save Your Life? | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com. began running for their lives, they didn’t necessarily have the time or presence of mind to grab their purses or briefcases. But many of them were smart enough to have made a habit out of always having their cell phone within reach. They grabbed the phone and were able to reach their spouses or their children as they walked down the stairs, before cell phone towers gave out from the overwhelming traffic of users dialing each other all over New York and New Jersey.
How Disaster-Ready is Your Phone?
As the workers ran down endless flights of stairs to safety, many of them learned a very important lesson.
A cell phone is only as good as its battery life and the numbers & information that are stored on it!
Let’s take those lessons one at a time. The first one is easy to prevent. Keep your phone charged. The simplest way to do that is to keep a charger stand where you store your phone every evening, and charge it while you’re watching TV or helping the kids with their homework. What? You don’t keep your phone in the same place every night? That’s another one of those habits you need to get into! What if you had to grab it to make an emergency call in the middle of the night? While you’re at it, purchase an extra phone charger for the office and charge it during the day while you’re reading email or doing routine tasks at work.
Making Your Cell Phone Speak
Lesson two:   You’ve been talking to your cell phone long enough. It’s time you make it speak for YOU – and in a way that can save your family’s lives.
During Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami and other recent disasters, someone came up with the idea of putting an ICE entry, (short for In Case Of Emergency), on your phone, to make your emergency contacts stand out to people reading it in an emergency. The idea quickly spread around the world, and most hospitals now look for ICE entries on the cell phones of unconscious patients.
If a disaster struck right now, where you’re sitting and the only thing you could grab was your cell phone, would you have everything you need to:
  • Reach the people you love
  • Be able to communicate your vital emergency contacts
  • Be able to communicate your basic medical information if you are injured and unable to speak for yourself
  • Survive until you reach home, your loved ones or your pre-planned safe location
That’s a lot of work for one little cell phone, but with some thought and planning, it’s easier than you think to turn your smart phone into your very own emergency command center. In fact we’re going to take this one step further to give you, hospitals and emergency personnel the information necessary to save you or your family member’s life, right in your ICE contacts.

 

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For specific instructions for your type of phone, here are some of the other articles on our blog.  iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, iPod/iPad.
But in general, here are the steps you need to take to ICE your phone.
Sit down with each member of your family and decide who their two main emergency contacts are going to be. Depending on your cell phone model, you should be able to put quite a bit of information right in that one contact. The contact name of course will be ICE, but you can put the contact’s first name and relationship, (for example Cynthia – Mom) in the company name field, so a doctor reading it, would know that this contact is the patient’s mother.
Play around with the other fields until you fill in all the information you possibly can. For example:
  • Your emergency contact’s main phone number
  • Cell number
  • Work number
  • Email Address
  • IM, Twitter and Facebook address if you need to send them emergency messages or quick updates
  • A direct URL link to your emergency contact information and basic medical history (optional)
For a second contact person, type in a second entry and name it ICE2.
Now about that last item – the direct URL Link. Let’s say you (or someone you love), are unconscious and unable to give the trauma team treating you, your basic medical history. Think about this for a moment. This means that you can’t tell them what medicines you’re allergic to or what conditions you might have that could prove fatal, if they don’t treat you, or your spouse or your child, with your personal medical histories in mind.
We always suggest that our customers use our comprehensive Grab it and Go Forms, to capture each family member’s medical and vital information, insurance numbers, emergency contact numbers and other life saving information. If you don’t have those forms you can make a basic version in Word or Excel. Although you don’t want to record anything that could compromise you or your family – like social security numbers or financial information – make sure that you put down everything you would tell a trauma physician about you or your loved one if you were standing in front of them.
Once you have saved the documents (one for each member of the family) on your computer, print out a couple of copies of each. Place one set at home, in a safe but easy to grab location. Place another set in your and your spouse’s file cabinet at work.
Now store one copy of the documents in the file manager of your personal web site, or secure online file system. Put the URL to this document or file into your cell phone. This way if you are injured, the hospital will be able to grab your medical history and extended emergency contacts. If your spouse, child or even a parent is injured and you are in another location, you can easily access that document and email it to the hospital to speed emergency treatment. You might even include a treatment consent form for your children, in case a hospital needs one to begin treating your child, before you arrive.
If your phone has the capability, you can also store those documents as well as a copy of your family’s emergency plan, right in your phone, in case you ever need it while away from home. You can note the names of the documents in the ICE contact for easy retrieval.
You now have the info you and anyone treating you, would need to have to save your life, reunite your family, and not only function, but thrive after an emergency or sudden disaster.
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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

 

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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

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