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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pushing ICE

I don't carry a cell phone myself (I know, probably the last dinosaur in America), but the following idea (which can be implemented both voluntarily and for free) struck me as well worth passing on to those who do. I reproduce it pretty much the way it came to me.

Many of us carry mobile phones with names and numbers stored in 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 taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know whom to call. Yes, there are many 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" (In Case of Emergency).
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.
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, etc. A great idea that will make a difference!
Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our mobile phones today!


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