Thursday, October 19, 2006

Put ICE on Your Cell Phone

The following is apparently copied from a 'Toronto Star' article but the idea originates in England. Should you have a cell phone this would indeed be very helpful in case of emergency.

The 'ICE idea' is catching on and it is a very simple, yet important method of contact for you or a loved one in case of emergency. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is program the number of a contact person or persons and store the name as 'ICE'.

The idea was brought up by a paramedic who found that when they went to scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which numbers to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name to file 'next of kin' under.

Following a disaster in London the East Anglican Ambulance Service has launched a national 'In Case of Emergency' (ICE) campaign. The idea is that you store the word 'ICE' in your mobile phone address book, and with it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted 'In Case of Emergency'.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Services personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number programmed under 'ICE'. Please pass this idea around to everyone you know. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc. This is a great idea that will make a difference.

-- Timmins Police Service web site.


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