Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes

What if I told you that you could put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy with everything it needs to have in it to save your life, in 2 MINUTES FLAT?

Would you grab your phone and go for it?  Of course you would!  In fact, even if you already have an ICE Contact on your smartphone, I guarantee that you’re probably missing a few key things.
So what are you waiting for?  Grab your phone and let’s get started!
1.  Put the word ICE, all capitals, in the First Name field.
2.  Put your ICE Contact’s first and last name in the Last Name field.
3.  Type in all of your contact’s phone numbers.  EVERY one that you have for them
4. Type in all of your contact’s email addresses — again, every last one.
5. Type in all of your contact’s social media handles/user names in the website section of your contact.  You never know what will be working in an emergency.  Many people have reached loved ones on Facebook and Twitter, when cell phone and landline service was down.
6. If you don’t have a field for Relationship, add one by adding new field and choosing the one called, oddly enough, Relationship.  Then choose or enter the way that this contact is related to you.
7. Your own allergies, medications and medical history go in the notes section.  Even better capitalize the words ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS etc to ensure that they’re seen.
8.  You can also add your physician’s names and phone numbers in the notes section and if you like, a link to your own medical history form.  If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.
9.  Is your contact in different locations on different days?  Add that in the notes section as well.
10. Instead of their photo, add an ICE Contact Graphic to the contact to make it stand out.  Here are a few to choose from.
11.  And finally, never, ever put your social security number or insurance member number into your ICE Contact.  You may put the name of your insurance company and their customer service number in if you like, but as long as your emergency contact comes to the hospital and can provide that information, it’s probably not necessary.
And there you have it.  One fully loaded ICE Contact.  Two Minutes.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put and ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about ICEing your phone. 
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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10 Best Smartphone Apps For Your New Phone

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Did You Get A New Phone For The Holidays ? 

All bright and shiny and perfect… 
It might not be gold and diamond encrusted like out little friend here, but I bet you didn’t even want to take it out of the box, did you?   
Well if you’ve managed to take it out and get it set up, you probably can’t wait to find some great new apps to go along with it.
Boy did you come to the right place!  We’ve compiled a list of 10 apps that will turn your smartphone into a real genius.  And a few of them might even save your or your family’s lives.   Here with no further ado, The 10 Best Smartphone Apps For Your New Phone.
1. Find My Phone (iPhone)/Lookout (Android)
The very first app you should put on your new phone is the one that’s going to protect it – not to mention all your information.  Find My Phone protects your iPhone by helping you locate it if it is ever lost or stolen.  With this app, you can signal your phone to ring so you know where to look for it, or if it is stolen, disable your phone and wipe your information.  Download the free Find my Phone app from the Apple App Store.  Lookout does the same thing for Androids, plus it also acts as anti-virus software for your phone, scanning new apps for malware and periodically scanning all of your apps for potential problems.  You can download Lookout free from the Google Play Store. 
2. Dropbox (iOS/Android)
Dropbox is our favorite online file solution.  Since it works on Apple, Android and PCs you can save files from your computer, tablets or phones to Dropbox to make them available on any of your devices.  But my favorite feature is photo sync.  When you install Dropbox on your phone or tablet it will as you if you want it to send all of the photos you take from your device to your PC.  Say yes!  That way, the instant you take a picture it will fly directly to the Dropbox folder on your computer and you’ll never again have to worry about downloading your smartphone photos to your computer!
3. Find My Friends (versions for iOS and Android)
The Find My Friends app was created to be just that — a quick way to find out where all your friends are hanging out at any given moment.  But it doesn’t just locate your friends.  Activate it on your kid’s and spouse’s phones and you’ll have a quick, powerful emergency locator to use during emergencies or evacuations.  Not only will it show where they are, it also provides street-by-street driving directions to their location.

 

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4. Evernote (iOS/Android)
Part digital notebook, part assistant, Evernote gives you a place to put all of those thoughts, ideas, to do lists, links and pictures that you’re always madly searching for hastily written scraps of paper.  It syncs across all of your computers and devices, so that you always have the latest version of what you’re working on at your fingertips.  You can use it simply as a notepad or as a multi-subject notebook.  And the best part is, it’s fully searchable, to help you find anything you’ve tucked away on Evernote for safekeeping.  Added bonus:  If you’re using the Grab It And Go Sheets and Action Plans from our books, tuck them or links to them into one notebook on Evernote to give yourself immediate access to all the information you need, when you need it.
5. Keynote (iPhone)/PowerPoint (iOS or Android)
Both Apple’s and Microsoft’s presentation software is now available free for mobile devices.  Why is this great news?  Because you can use presentation software for nearly anything.  You can use it to write and send notes to yourself, save a bunch of clippings, screenshots or links from the web, or edit graphics on the run.  You may not know this but both Keynote and PowerPoint are terrific graphic editors.  You can resize, recolor, flip, turn, shadow, reflect or even drop the background color out of a graphic in seconds and resave it, without even opening Photoshop.  Oh and you can also be boring and use either software to put together or show a quick presentation. 🙂
6. Hootsuite
The Hootsuite Dashboard gives you a real-time view of all of your social media feeds in one place.  Just connect your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or other accounts and you can not only see all of your messages and updates in one screen, but you can also write one message that will post to all your accounts at the same time.  Why is this important?  Because in an emergency, Hootsuite is the ultimate mobile command center.  It gives you the ability to send direct messages to all of your family members or friends that will post to all of their feeds simultaneously – whether they’re on Twitter, Facebook or even LinkedIn.  It also gives you a place to monitor any messages that they send to you.  Instead of logging in and out of your social media accounts, you can see everything that’s going on, find out where your family is and how they are, in seconds.
7. Flipboard
Okay, so this isn’t a life-saving app but it sure does save a lot of time.  With Flipboard you can create your own personal magazines.  All you have to do is tell it what subjects or Twitter or Facebook accounts you want to follow and it will aggregate all of those messages, videos or updates into feed that looks and reads just like a magazine.  Instead of having to take time searching for all the information that you need for work or school or even for fun, all you have to do is go to Flipboard and click on whichever “magazine” you want to read.  The ultimate in time-saving apps!
8. Mobile Banking App
If you have an account at a nationwide bank (or larger regional bank) take a few minutes to download their mobile banking app.   Why?  Because it can be a real life saver during an evacuation, emergency or any situation where you’re stranded far from home.   Not only will you be able to locate an ATM or branch office (to save on ATM fees),  but with most mobile banking apps, you can even transfer money from one account to another, check the limits on your credit cards, chat with customer service or even deposit checks into your account, simply by snapping a photo of them.  Now that’s service!
9. Skype (iOS or Android) /Facetime (iPhone)
We included these two apps because sometimes you just need to see a familiar face.  The worst thing about being away from home, or having the people you love in a different location, is feeling disconnected from them.  Whether you’re checking on each other during an emergency, or just need to see each other’s faces, Skype and Facetime are both a wonderful way to connect by cellular service or Wi-Fi, if landlines or cell service are down.  Making sure you have either of these apps on your phone, gives you one more way of communicating, no matter what is happening around you and your kids — even the ones who are away at college.
10. Word (iOS or Android)/Pages (iPhone)/A PDF Reader  
It doesn’t matter how many Action Plans you have, if you’re not able to see them.  Since we spend a lot of our time showing you how to complete your Information Sheets and Family Action Plans in our newest book slash program The Backup Plan 3.0, we want to make sure you can actually refer to them, even if the only device you have with you is your phone!  So if you have your emergency plans stored on your phone, Dropbox, iCloud or One Drive, make sure you download Word, Pages or a PDF Reader to go along with it.  That way, no matter how many plans you have stored in that phone of yours, you’ll actually be able to read them!
11. Around Me (iOS/Android)
Okay so we went overboard and added one bonus app!  Around Me is a great little app that uses your location to give you a list of the stores, restaurants and resources right around you.  All you have to do is click on bank or cleaners or hospital and Around Me will tell you where they are, whether you’re in your neighborhood or on the other side of the country.
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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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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The Two Minute ICE Contact for Samsung Galaxy

What if I told you that you could put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy with everything it needs to have in it to save your life, in 2 MINUTES FLAT?

Would you grab your phone and go for it?  Of course you would!  In fact, even if you already have an ICE Contact on your smartphone, I guarantee that you’re probably missing a few key things.
Last week we showed you how to do a 2 Minute ICE Contact on your iPhone, so we thought this week, we’d switch things up so owners of Samsung Galaxy’s could get in on the fun.  So what are you waiting for?  Grab your phone and let’s get started!
1.  Put the word ICE, all capitals, in the First Name field.
2.  Put your ICE Contact’s first and last name in the Last Name field.
3.  Type in all of your contact’s phone numbers.  EVERY one that you have for them
4. Type in all of your contact’s email addresses — again, every last one.
5. Type in all of your contact’s social media handles/user names in the website section of your contact.  You never know what will be working in an emergency.  Many people have reached loved ones on Facebook and Twitter, when cell phone and landline service was down.
6. If you don’t have a field for Relationship, add one by adding new field and choosing the one called, oddly enough, Relationship.  Then choose or enter the way that this contact is related to you.
7. Your own allergies, medications and medical history go in the notes section.  Even better capitalize the words ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS etc to ensure that they’re seen.
8.  You can also add your physician’s names and phone numbers in the notes section and if you like, a link to your own medical history form.  If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.
9.  Is your contact in different locations on different days?  Add that in the notes section as well.
10. Instead of their photo, add an ICE Contact Graphic to the contact to make it stand out.  Here are a few to choose from.
11.  And finally, never, ever put your social security number or insurance member number into your ICE Contact.  You may put the name of your insurance company and their customer service number in if you like, but as long as your emergency contact comes to the hospital and can provide that information, it’s probably not necessary.
And there you have it.  One fully loaded ICE Contact.  Two Minutes.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put and ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy or How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or  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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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 on Amazon.com  Read more about it

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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 Keep From Losing or Destroying Your Smartphone

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How to Keep From Losing or Destroying Your Smartphone

Whether your smartphone is just a phone to you or a little mobile assistant that holds all of your most critical information, you’ll probably agree that losing your phone would be a major pain. 
Cell phones and smartphones are basically our links to the outside world.  It wasn’t as much of a problem a few years ago to lose one, because we all had landlines, or office phones, or jobs that actually didn’t depend on constant access to email, voicemail and the internet.  But now, losing, dropping or otherwise destroying your phone is tantamount to putting yourself temporarily out of order! 
Here are a few ways to keep from losing or destroying your phone.
Zomm, The Digital Leash For Your Smartphone

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The two things we love most about smartphones are the two things that make them most vulnerable.  They’re small and mobile.  How many times a day do you see someone walking around holding their phone in their hand?  They’re not talking or texting, they’re just holding it.  Until they go to pick up something else.  Then they put it down.  And walk away…  Without it.  Not that you would ever do something like that, right?
Fortunately, now there is a way for your phone to tell you where it is!  It’s called Zomm.   Zomm is a poker chip-sized device that’s a virtual leash for your cell phone.  All you do is put your Zomm on your keychain and if you go more than ten feet away from your phone – or if it “wanders” ten feet away from you – it lets out a loud alert to remind you to go back and grab it ASAP.  It’s also great if someone helps themselves to your phone!  Kind of like giving your phone a way to call for help.
And that’s not all Zomm can do.  With the Zomm car kit, it also becomes a hands-free speakerphone and an emergency panic button.  Just a push of the button summons 911 or a pre-programmed emergency number like your spouse or your friend.  
Find My iPhone or iPad App 
With Find My iPhone, one of Apple’s most popular apps, if you misplace your iPhone or iPad, you can send a signal to your misplaced device, to have it send out a signal so you can locate it, the moment you realize it’s missing.  With the GPS locator built into the app, you can also find the phone via your Mac or iPad.  And if the phone has been stolen, the app also includes a way to immediately wipe it of all information and disable it.  Crisis averted, thanks to Find My iPhone! 
DriFone Smartphone Rescue Dry Case

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Have you ever dropped your phone in water?  We haven’t, thank goodness, but we sure have a lot of friends who have, and it can be a nightmare!  People have as many tricks to dry out a waterlogged phone as there are types of cell phones.  But no matter how sure your best friend is that her method works best, there is one tried and true way to bring a drowned phone back to life. 
It’s called DriFone (by the makers of Dry All and it’s a special drying case for smartphones that fits most types of popular phones.  And even if it doesn’t fit your phone, Dry All has a variety of drying bags filled with patented drying material to bring nearly every wet phone back to life.  So if you or your spouse has a tendency to drop phones into water, you should probably keep one or two kits on hand.  
Lookout Phone Backup
The Lookout Mobile Security App, which works with Android and BlackBerry smartphones, can help you locate a missing phone via an onscreen map or lock your phone if it’s lost or stolen.  You can also use it to back up the contacts on your phone and if you lose your phone or if it crashes, you can simply transfer all of your contacts to your new phone. 
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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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

 

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.
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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 like Spot Connect Satellite (www.findmespot.com) 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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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 Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Regular Cell Phone

Did you know that your Cell Phone can save your life?

How?  The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency.   And the way to do that is with ICE.   
Even if it’s not the smartest phone in town, your plain old cell phone can be a real life saver.  In fact, it’s just as easy to set up an ICE Contact on a phone that’s not a smartphone.  Just keep in mind that every phone is different, so you might have to play around with the contact a bit, to get all the information into it, that you want to include.
If you’d like to download these instructions, just click here for the PDF version.
What is ICE?
During Hurricane Katrina, so many people were injured, unconscious and separated from their families that emergency workers came up with the idea of putting an ICE – In Case Of Emergency – Contact in their cell phones.  Now, when a patient who is unconscious or unable to speak comes into the emergency room, hospitals worldwide check their smartphone for an ICE contact, to help them locate their next of kin. Everyone in your family should have an ICE contact in his or her smartphone.  In fact, they should have two just in case the first contact is unavailable.  If you have our book The Backup Plan 3.0, you should already have at least one ICE contact.  So let’s learn how to set one up on your beloved old cell phone.

 

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Before You Begin…
…you’d better decide who your ICE Contacts will be. 
The first one of course will be your spouse, partner, best friend or close relative.  Someone that you want there with you at the hospital or, if need be, making decisions on your behalf.  But what if that person is also injured, or is out of town or forgot to charge their phone?  Why not choose one or two additional people to be ICE Contacts.  Just make sure that they are people who are very close to you, who you know will drop everything to race to your side and handle things until your significant other can be reached.
Ready to set up your first ICE Contact?

Once you decide, Touch the Contacts Icon on your phone to open up your Contacts.
Depending on the type of phone you have, your Contacts Icon might look different than the ones we have here. 
Click on Add New to add a new contact and touch the First Name Field. Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word ICE.

Do the same thing for your second ICE contact – then call it ICE2.
Time To Make Your Cell Phone Do Some Heavy Lifting…
Put all the information you possibly can into your two ICE Contacts.  For example:
  • Your emergency contact’s Main Number/Cell number/ Work number, Relationship to you
  • Email Address & IM, Twitter and Facebook address (in case landlines are down  & you need to send an emergency message )
  • Other information, like the days that the contact is at a certain location
  • Be sure to include every piece of information you can.   Why?  Because you never know what type of communication will or won’t be working.  For instance, after the Japan earthquake, many people were able to reach each other via Twitter or Facebook even though their landline phones and Wi-Fi weren’t working.
What Other Types of Information Should I Put In My ICE Contact? 
But what about information that doesn’t fit into the regular contact on your phone?  That’s when you turn to your new best friend – the Notes section.   Although not every cell phone has a notes section in their Contacts, most do.   Notes holds quite a bit of information, so simply put the miscellaneous information you need to communicate, in there.
A list of Allergies, the Medications you’re currently taking, Names and Phone Numbers of your Healthcare Providers and contact information for your Insurance Company.  Just make sure you don’t put any member numbers, social security numbers or financial information in your phone.    Or, let’s say that two or three lines of Current Medications and Allergies isn’t enough.  Then why not create a medical history form for yourself and every member of the family, put it in a password protected online folder, and place the link to it in the Notes section of your ICE Contact.  This way a doctor can access your, your spouse’s or your kid’s basic medical history, while you’re en route to the hospital. 
If you don’t have your own Medical History Form, go ahead and download ours.  Just right click on the link and save it to your desktop.  And while you’re at it, you can put medical treatment release forms for your children in the folder as well, and place the links to those forms in their ICE contacts.  You can also put in links to a full list of contacts or emergency numbers, or links to your family’s evacuation plan and gathering locations, so that every member of your family always has all the information they need, right at their fingertips.
Let’s Make Sure No One Misses It!
Make your ICE contacts 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 free, by going to the Free Resources Page.
Not every cell phone has the ability to do this, but if you can add a picture to a contact, you should be able to add one of our graphics, instead. 
First, save the graphic to the photos on your phone.  Since you’re not working with a smartphone, you might have to email the graphic to yourself from your computer or even take a picture of the graphic you’d like to use, with your phone.   Once you get it into your photos folder on your phone, open your ICE Contact, Touch the little Photo Icon, go into your photos, choose your graphic and Save.
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What About The Rest of The Family?
Every family has one person who keeps everyone else organized.  And since you’re reading this post, something tells me it’s probably you!  If that’s the case, it’s up to you to ensure every member of your household not only has ICE Contacts set up on his or her phone, but that everyone’s phone contains all of the contact information for every other family member.  That way you’ll be able to get in touch with each other as quickly as possible in an emergency.  And don’t forget that you can always put an ICE Contact in your family’s iPod Touch or MP3 devices as well.  Just because you don’t have a phone with you while you’re running doesn’t mean you can’t stay safe!
Turn Your Phone Into A Mobile Command Center
While you’re at it, you can even turn your phone into a Mobile Command Center.  Just store copies of your family’s medical history forms, emergency action plans, checklists and Evacuation Plan, right on your phone and those of each member of your immediate family.  And while you have them, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on their phones as well, including along with each other’s contact information.   That way you can all get in touch with each other quickly in an emergency. 
Would you like to download these instructions for later?  Then click here to download the PDF version.  
And if there’s an iPhone lurking around your family be sure to stop by our post on Setting Up An ICE Contact on Your iPhone.  Do yourself a favor.  Take five minutes right now to set up your family’s ICE contacts.  That way your family will have all the information they need to stay safe and secure, no matter what the situation. 
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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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 Turn Your Smartphone Into A Life Preserver

How To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Life Preserver in 1 Easy Step…

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Did you know your smartphone can save your life?  It can also save your spouse’s life, your kid’s lives and the lives of everyone you love! 
The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency. 
How? 
By taking a couple of minutes to ICE it, with your in case of emergency contact.  And it’s even better when you add an emergency wallet card, medical information forms and a plan for tracking down & gathering every member of even the busiest of families, in five minutes flat. All of which you’ll find in the ICE My Phone Kit.  
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…  First things first.
So, what is an ICE Contact?
During the London Bombings and Hurricane Katrina, so many people were injured and separated from their families that a London paramedic named Bob Brotchie came up with the idea of telling people to put an iCE – In Case of Emergency – contact on their cell phones.   Now, hospitals worldwide, check patient’s phones for their iCE contact, to locate their next of kin.
Why is it important to have one?
The most important reason every member of your family should have an ICE Contact on his or her phone, is because you can’t be everywhere, all the time.
There’s always one person in every family who keeps everyone else going.  The person who can recite every illness and prescription drug his or her kids, spouse and dogs have ever had.   Since you’re the one who’s reading this article, I’m going to take a wild guess — it’s probably you.
But when your family is at work, or school or at different activities all over town there’s NO way that you can be with them every second of every day.  But you CAN tuck all of that information into an ICE Contact on their cell phone, so a doctor or an emergency room can use it to take care of them, until you get there.
Every year more than one million people enter the ER unconscious or unable to give the hospital their vital information.  On average it takes hospitals over 6 hours to find a patient’s vital information, and that’s if they have the patient’s name. But when you have an ICE Contact on your cell phone and an emergency card in your wallet, you’re not only giving them all the info they need to contact the people you love, you’re also giving them all the information they need to treat you with your specific medical needs in mind. 
So What Is The ICE My Phone Kit?   
The ICE My Phone Kit is an easy to read, easy to use guide that contains everything you need to turn your smartphone into your family’s very own life preserver.  In it you’ll learn…
  • How to put an ICE Contact on every major type of phone, the right way.  And it only takes a couple of minutes
  • What information you need to put in your family’s ICE Contacts, so doctors can start giving them the right kind of treatment before you even get to the hospital 
  • How to create ICE Contacts that work even if you password protect your phone
  • Learn how to create a Family Emergency Plan and how to track down & gather every member of even the busiest of families, in five minutes flat. 
  • It also contains free downloadable medical information forms, family gathering/evacuation plan and emergency wallet cards you can use for each member of the family.
  • Comes with ICE Graphics you can place on your phone to make your ICE Contact stand out
  • And most importantly, you’ll learn how to turn your phone into a mobile command center – or if you’d rather, your very own Bat Phone.
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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
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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