December 06, 2006

In Case of Emergency - ICE Your Cell Phone

I had a post all set for today, but then I got an email from my sweetie and I thought "This needs sharing!"

So here it is, as received:

A recent article from the Toronto Star, "the ICE idea", is catching on and it is a very simple, yet important method of contact for you or a loved one in case of an emergency. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is program the number of a contact person or persons and store the name as "ICE". The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which numbers to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name to file "next of kin" under.

Following a disaster in London, the East Anglican Ambulance Service has launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign. The idea is that you store the word "ICE " in your mobile phone address book, and with it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency". In an emergency situation, Emergency Services personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number programmed under "ICE".

Please forward this. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1,ICE2, ICE3 etc.

Being the sometimes skeptical girl that I am, I wondered - is this true? So off I went on a google search. I wasn't able to locate the Toronto Star article, but I did find this link in Snopes, this one at Wikipedia, and more importantly, this link at the BC Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) website.

Bottom line? I'm going to make sure my phone is ICE'd before I leave the house tomorrow morning. Just in case. Interested in the image at the top of this post? You can find it and the downloadable template here.

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