ICE - In Case of Emergency
A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in
their mobile phone's memory under the heading "ICE" (i.e. In Case of
Emergency), has rapidly spread throughout the world as a particular
consequence of last week's terrorist attacks in London.
Originally established as a nation-wide campaign in the UK, ICE allows
paramedics or police to be able to contact a designated relative /
next-of-kin in an emergency situation.
The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic
Bob Brotchie and was launched in May this year. Bob, 41, who has been a
paramedic for 13 years, said: "I was reflecting on some of the calls
I've attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile
phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured
Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with ICE we'd know
immediately who to contact and what number to ring. The person may even
know of their medical history."
By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile will help the rescue services
quickly contact a friend or relative - which could be vital in a life or
death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easily
help save your life. Why not put ICE in your phone now? Simply select
a new contact in your phone book, enter the word 'ICE' and the number
of the person you wish to be contacted.
In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be
able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to
contact them. It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do. Please
will you also email this to everybody in your address book, 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 ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc."