There's something you can do right now that could make it
easier for first responders to reach your loved ones in
the event of an emergency.
Save at least one I.C.E. contact in your cell phone. I.C.E.
stands for "In Case of Emergency."
It works like this: Decide who you would want first responders
to contact in the event of an emergency that rendered you
unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate.
have a conversation with that person. Confirm that he or
she is willing to be your emergency contact and then provide
information that first responders may need - a list of your
medications, details of any allergies you may have and the
name and phone number of your primary physician.
Now you're ready to enter that person's name and number
in your cell phone with the prefix "ICE." For example, if
your brother John is the person you would want contacted
in the event of an emergency, enter "ICE-john" followed
by John's telephone number. Some newer model cell phones
have a designated area for emergency contacts, which eliminates
the need for the ICE prefix.
The I.C.E. effort began in England in 2005 and is now gaining
popularity in the United States. One thing I.C.E. advocates
particularly like is the fact that with more than 200 million
activated cell phones in the U.S., it's a tool that many
people carry with them everywhere.
Spending a few minutes now programming I.C.E. contacts into
your phone could help your loved ones respond to your side
quickly in the event that you need them.