5/23/10

How2 Protect Yourself In An Emergency: ICE

The following information is courtesy of  Mary Catherine C. and others, but be sure to read the additional notes below...gdl

"ICE - 'In Case of Emergency'
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.
If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would

have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence the 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell(mobile)phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call.. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as 'ICE.'

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.  
A great idea that will make a difference!"

A method I used before hearing about ICE was to create a graphic/picture that contained my contact information and used it as wallpaper on my phone so that whenever emergency personal opened the phone the information was immediately available.  I now use both ICE and the graphic/picture on my phone with instructions on who to call [in the address book] on the graphic.  I also include my picture so that if I misplace my phone and someone finds it they can scan the room to phone_wpaper see if they recognize me and can return the phone.  I also put this graphic/picture on all my electronic devices [mp3 player, camera, flash drives, etc.] as wallpaper or a stored image for lost and found purposes as well as proof of ownership.

If you know how you can use 'Groups' to accomplish the same thing as ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.  Just create a group called ICE and attach multiple numbers to it.

Here' another tip: take a picture of your license plate and store it on your devices.  This way if you don't memorize it you have it in case of auto theft.  The most important item in recovering your vehicle quickly is providing the license plate number quickly.

If you have trouble with the 'Groups' or graphic/picture or getting the images on you devices, just ask your kids or grandkids they can usually do it in minutes.  gdl

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