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Saturday, 11 February 2012

In Case Of Emergency [ ICE ]

         We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us like paramedics, First Responders, Fire Fighters, and Police officers would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call.. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case Of Emergency) campaign.

The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE'

e.g. If your father’s name is Steve
Contact should be stored as: “ICE Steve”
For 2 or more contacts, it should be stored as “ICE2 John”, and “ICE3 Julia”, etc.,

 The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as “ICE”.


Some Mobile phone owners lock their mobiles for security reasons, requiring a pass-code to gain access!.  In this case it’s difficult to access the ICE contact.  As a solution, Mobile phone manufactures are providing a mechanism to specify some text to be displayed while the mobile is in locked state.   

It’s good for the owner to specify their “In Case Of Emergency” contact in their locked state.  E.g. Blackberry users can do this by changing the “Owner Information” in [Settings-Options-Owner menu item].
Android systems 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) and above lets users to specify emergency contacts, which can be called without knowing the phone password.

In iphone4s models, the siri service can access “ICE” by asking Siri Verbally “Contacts ICE”, even when the iPhone 4s is locked.

A great idea that will make a difference!
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.

ICE will speak for you when you are not able to....