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!

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How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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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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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

 

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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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An Update From Bob Brotchie

As most of you, know the idea for ICE, providing In Case Of Emergency information on your phone, was the brainchild of UK paramedic Bob Brotchie.  I’m very pleased to say that he has graciously agreed to do a guest post for us this week.  Not only is he going to tell us how he came up with the idea for ICE, but he’s also going to tell us about an amazing new app that he’s recently created to take the pain out of ICEing your phone! Laura & Jan
Take it away, Bob…

An Update From The Founder of ICE – Bob Brotchie

Thank you to Laura for kindly inviting me to provide a little background and update around the world of ICE – In Case of Emergency.
 A little background
2015 saw the tenth anniversary of ICE becoming known and accepted around the globe. An intuitive, inexpensive (or free) way of becoming identified – in the event an accident victim is unable to communicate for themselves – emergency responders could now learn who to call, to expedite reconnection at the earliest opportunity, while understanding any significant medical history, such as allergies that may impact on necessary resuscitative interventions.
In that decade, I have traveled the world promoting ICE, but also, I have worked with many entrepreneurs who wanted to innovate this most simple of concepts. Most have come and gone despite coming close to achieving the goals set. I recall two occasions attending TechCrunch in SFO and seeing first-hand how well ICE in it’s various guises can be received!       
Millions of supporters?
Because I created ICE as a free choice for mobile phone owners to consider, it is impossible to say with any certainty just how many have ICE in their mobile. However, it is clear it is a great many judging by the reports and engagement I have received from all over the world!
In 2005, I  began requesting, via media interviews, that mobile manufacturers would place ICE data fields in the software at the point of sale, so prompting the user to populate their ICE details. In recent years, this has come to fruition, but sadly not as I had asked.
Uniformity – The Vital Ingredient
Manufacturers have all created their take on ICE, but in doing so have created a lack of uniform and intuitive approach; the effectiveness of ICE is now significantly challenged, as a result.   
Fewer phone owners appear knowledgeable about how to ICE their phone, and fewer responders know – or have the time to figure which ICE method is required – for which phone! 
These methods are still important – but now I have created an alternative – for today!
ICE Wallpaper Creator Apps
I waited and campaigned long and hard before finally deciding (in 2015) to create something that would offer a potential opportunity to return ICE to uniformity. In providing for iOS and Android users an inexpensive app, I am now able to offer a solution that makes (almost) fool proof your chosen ICE data being available to those who need it immediately – on your behalf.
Once the phone is powered up, locked or not, this is an example of what is viewable.

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You can purchase the apps at the following links: 
iTunes Store  (Apple App)       Google Play Store  (Android App)   Or to read more about the app, click here.
Remind Me, Why Do I Want To ‘ICE’ My Phone?
Planning for the unexpected requires action, even if it does mean just a few clicks to download an app!
None of us wishes to be harbingers of doom, but the reality is, every day someone ends up being in a situation they couldn’t have imagined. If I had a pound/dollar for every accident victim I treated in my years as a paramedic who told me “I didn’t expect this today” – and those that were not in a position to speak, to identify themselves or advise me who to call!
2015 Rocked For ICE!  
As well as that first decade anniversary, in 2015 ‘Icey’ was born as a new brand and promotion item. Here he is.

iceybear

 

And other significant new partnerships were introduced too.
I was pleased to meet Laura, via the wonders of the internet, and to begin our reciprocal collaborations, the results of which should come to fruition in 2016 (watch this space).
I have also worked with another ICE app producer, Wanda Rafaely. Wanda has created a fantastic addition that addresses the highly specific and individual needs of those living with Autism. www.ice4autism.com.
Another new collaboration has been with British entrepreneur, Faye Robson. Faye has also worked incredibly hard to get into production a non-electronic means of utilizing ICE with her ICEbelts for vehicle seatbelts. www.icebelt.co.uk/#home 
And of course, our continuing partnership with LeanOnUs.co which provides a platform for individuals to share their personal experiences, causes or products that can help to make the world a better place.
Bob Brotchie’s website can be found at www.incaseofemergency.org 

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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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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 your ICE Contact.   Or in your phone.  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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Introducing… Connected

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More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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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

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

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Introducing… Connected

Purchase Connected @ Amazon.com

More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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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

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

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Introducing… Connected

Purchase Connected @ Amazon.com

More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
How To Download and Back Up Your Digital Photos
How To Fill Out Your Kid’s Emergency Contact Card

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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

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

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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