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Citizen Preparedness Tip — Put ICE In Your Phone

May 1st, 2008 · No Comments

As a major objective of this site is to help citizens prepare for disasters, I will be adding preparedness tips from time to time that I believe will be helpful — and usually easy to do. The first one — adding ‘in case of emergency’ info to your mobile phone — relates, appropriately, to the name of this blog. 

Struck by the number of patients who did not have any contact information (or the ability to give it to him), a British paramedic came up with the idea of having citizens add their In Case of Emergency contacts to their mobile phones. The concept spread throughout Europe and now has reached the U.S. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1,600,000 emergency room patients could not provide contact information because they were incapacitated.  

So, you should create an entry in your address book titled ICE with the names and contact information of the person(s) who should be contacted if something happens to you. I have the numbers and email addresses of my wife and my father. You can also create different ICE entries. (It also might be helpful if you lose your phone, though to be honest I just lost my Blackberry and my ICE numbers were not called.)




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