Updated On 3/1/21
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 just don’t know… So I guess it’s up to us to set the record straight.
Never, never, never put your Social Security Number in the ICE Contact on or iPhone or Galaxy. Or in your iPhone or Android. 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.
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.
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