Programming of Emergency Contact Numbers in Cell Phones


"In Case of Emergency" programming of cell phones is a concept that was developed by a paramedic in England. He realized that most of his victims did not carry emergency contact information but did carry cell phones. So the campaign he started was to get people who carry cell phone to put in a listing of ICE in their cell phone directory with a number that should be called in case of an emergency.

With over 190 million cell phone users in the United States, this could be very valuable in times of an emergency. It is simple to do, type the acronym ICE in your contact directory of your cell phone, then the phone number of the person to be contacted.

It has also be suggested that you add a period at the beginning of the acronym. This puts the listing first on the directory list. Thus "ice" makes it quick for you to call this number since on most cell phone - after you push the Phonebook button the first entry is highlighted and ready for you to push the send button to make the call. Some individuals like to add the name of the person after the ICE acronym. Thus, if someone wanted Bob to be called in an emergency, the contact listing might look like: ice-bob

A number of public safety agencies here in the United States are training their first responders to look for the ICE acronym in the cell phones of those that are not able to tell the first responder who to call in case of an emergency. It has been proven that the ability to get vital health and medical information about a victim can be very important in how paramedics may treat someone who is unconscious.

The use of ICE for children can be very important because most do not carry wallets that would provide other important contact information. An ICE-mom or ICE-dad could be very important in providing this emergency contact.

Follow these hints to get the best out of ICE:

► Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE partner.

► Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf; including your place of work.

► Make sure your ICE person's number is one that's easy to contact; for example, a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time.

► Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment; for example, allergies or current medication.

► Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorised to make decision on your behalf; for example, if you need a life or death operation.

► Should your preferred contact be deaf, then type ICETEXT, then the name of your contact before saving the number.

► One of the best suggestions on how to make your "ICE" number a little more visible to a rescuer or police officer is putting a dot or "." before the letters "I-C-E." By doing this, the "ICE" number will be at the very top of your phone book, thus very easy to spot. Also, many cell phones won't let you put in the same number twice, so try what I tried. If your "ICE" is the same number as someone else is on your list, just put a "1" in front of the area code and phone number,much like you would if you were dialing from a "land line." Your cell doesn't care whether you use a "1" or not most of the time. Several have said they'll be passing this story along to co-workers to help get the word out. One of the best ways to do this is to click on the link under the picture of the cell phone.

This will be because your ICE contact number is a duplicate entry of another contact in your phone book. If you have two numbers the same, your phone won't know which one to display so it will show just the number. To get around this, simply type a "*" after the number under your ICE contact. It will still work and will cure the caller-ID problem.