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Thursday, March 10, 2011

ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers in Mobile phone

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. We often store the numbers in nicknames or abbreviated forms, which makes it difficult for a stranger to find the right person in cases of emergencies.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us 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? That is where it is important to store your ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers.

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."

Ø Ensure that you have more than one ICE number so that in case one of the numbers could not be reached, alternative numbers could be tried. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. It is advisable to store the primary ICE number of the person who could access you at the quickest like your room mate, colleague (in case you are staying away from home) or your closest family member.

Ø For security purposes many mobile phone owners now lock their mobiles requiring a passcode to be entered in order to access the device. This hinders the ability of first responders to access the ICE phone list entry. In response to this problem many device manufacturers have provided a mechanism to specify some text to be displayed while the mobile is in the locked state. The owner of the phone can specify their "In Case of Emergency" contact and also a "Lost and Found" contact.

Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!