Emergency Tip: Add ICE Contacts to Your Cell Phone

Cell phone EmergencyCell phones are some of the most heavily relied upon pieces of technology in today’s society .  Whether they’re used for business, e-mail, text, or to keep toddlers happy when away from home, they’re a crucial piece of every day life.  In fact, the Pew Research Center, found that 90% of American adults have a cell phone, with 58% of the phones being smartphones.  There’s no question that cell phones, especially smartphones, have made every day tasks much easier.  They can serve an even greater purpose during an emergency.

One way to assure that your cell phone benefits you during an emergency is by adding ICE (In Case of Emergency) to your contacts.  ICE is an acronym that emergency responders and medical professionals use to notify the person’s emergency contacts. It also helps them obtain critical medical information if a patient arrives unconscious.

Imagine this. You’re traveling down a rural road and swerve to avoid a deer.  When doing so, you veer off of the road and hit a tree, leaving you unconscious.  When the paramedics arrive they cannot find any information in your wallet or vehicle regarding your emergency contacts.  This could be avoided by simply adding ICE to your cell phone.  The responders could then immediately call your ICE contacts to inform them about the accident.

Try adding a couple of different ICE contacts to your phone to help assist these professionals.  For example, “ICE Mom” or “ICE Husband” would be two good contacts for these professionals to reach out to.  These contacts will be able to provide the medical staff with the information they’ll need to treat you properly.  This is a great precaution to take and will help both you and your emergency responders in the event of a serious emergency.  If your cell phone is encrypted with a passcode, these ICE contacts may not be able to benefit you.

To learn more about ICE and for more helpful emergency tips, visit Emergency Care For You.