ICE your Phone for Emergencies

April 03, 2014

In case of emergency (ICE) is a program that enables first responders such as paramedics, firefighters and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of the mobile phone. We encourage everyone to utilize this program. Here are the steps you should take:

1) Choose a responsible person to be your In Case of Emergency contact.

2) Inform your ICE contact that you have chosen them as your designated contact and provide them with information that may affect your treatment. Remember MAD or “M” “A” “D.” Medicines – list all current medications you are taking, including herbal and organic supplements because they can and do interact with some medications. Allergies – list all known allergies, especially to medications, but also to foods. Doctors – include the names and phone numbers of doctors or other medical providers responsible for your regular care.

3) Add this contact as a new entry, with their phone number, in your mobile phone address book under the heading “ICE.” Example: ICE-Jenny or ICE-Mom.

For more than one ICE entry, label them ICE1, ICE 2 and so forth. Your phone needs to be unlocked for the contacts to be accessed. Some companies sell ICE stickers to alert first responders that you have contacts in your phone.