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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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

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How Many ICE Contacts Should You Have?


Good Question!

The hardest part about putting an ICE Contact on your phone is deciding who your contacts will be.  
We always recommend a minimum of two ICE Contacts, just in case emergency personnel can’t reach your first one. Having three or four is even better. But the real answer to the question depends on you and your needs.  
Do you or your spouse travel frequently?  Then you definitely need two or more contacts, just in case your spouse is out of town.  If you’re the one who travels, one of your contacts should include your assistant or a colleague who can help gather the troops if you need help.
Even if you and your spouse don’t travel much — or separately — take a moment to think of a few more people, who you would want to be notified in an emergency.  After all, what if your spouse forgot to charge his phone or worse, is involved in the same emergency that you are?

How Many ICE Contacts Should You Have

An ICE Contact should be someone that you want there with you at the hospital or, if you’re seriously injured or unconscious, someone who you would trust to make decisions on your behalf.  Someone very close to you, 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 parents or siblings, ask them if they’re comfortable with being your emergency 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 you. 
How do you differentiate between the ICE Contacts on your phone?  Simple.  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 people will be able to call other cities, even though their own local phones 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.   In this case, you would 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 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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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 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!
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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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 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.   
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 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.
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 | 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

How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

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

Why?
Because their parents didn’t fill 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 get in the middle of a transportation nightmare and you and your spouse are unable to pick up your child from school that afternoon.  Or for two or three days.  Who would you want taking care of him?
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 your own medical history card 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 a copy of our book The Backup Plan 3.0, you’ll find Medical History Forms for you and your kids in the back of the book.  If not, you can download a copy of our Children’s Medical Form here.
So grab your form and let’s get started.

 


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Before you begin filling in the form get a piece of paper and gather everything you have for each child on his or her own sheet.  You’ll need to include a list of chronic conditions, allergies, medications and vitamins that they have or currently are taking along with dosage.  Include a list of all of your child’s health providers including specialists, dentists and any other professional who sees your child on a regular basis.
Now take a moment to sit by yourself in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.   Close your eyes and imagine each of your children individually, with a moderate injury, like a broken ankle.  You’re sitting in the emergency room with him.
The doctor – someone you’ve never seen before and who doesn’t know your child’s unique medical or emotional needs – walks through the door.  What would you tell the doctor about your them?  What do you need her to know?
Child by child, jot down all of the things that just went through your mind.  Old injuries, allergies, surgeries, anything you think is important.   Then do the exercise again, imagining that this had been a serious injury.  Is there anything else that you would need to tell the doctor or surgeon caring for your child?  Anything that might help save his or her life?
Again, jot down any additional things that went through your mind for each of your children.
At the end of our forms, we include a few other questions about your child.   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   So include a brief section on your child’s likes and dislikes, what calms her down, 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.
Since children don’t carry wallets or driver’s licenses, make sure that they have ID cards with current emergency contact information in a few different locations, like in a backpack or tucked into a cell phone or an iPod Touch.   Shoewallets are great for kids too, because they can be strapped right to your child’s shoe, belt or clothing.  And don’t forget to put an ICE Contact (in case of emergency contact) to your children’s iPhones or smartphones.  You can find out how to do that right here on our blog.
Taking the steps to ensure your child’s information now, will help keep him safer while giving you a little more peace of mind.  Talk about a win-win!

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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More Amazing Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less
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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