It could save your life and notify
“ICE” Marks Your Contacts to Call in Case of Emergency
Your cell phone can help emergency responders and
healthcare workers to identify you and notify your loved ones when you
are unconscious or otherwise unable to provide them with emergency
American Red Cross and other emergency agencies recommend that you
“flag” your emergency contacts in your cell phone’s contact list with
the word ICE - In
Case of Emergency.
Just include the word ICE in the name, title, company, or other
field that is immediately displayed when you open the contact list on
Most emergency responders and Emergency Room staff
are now aware of this practice, so all they have to do is to search
your cell phone’s contact list for any name containing “ICE.”
In an ACEP (American College of
Emergency Physicians) news release, Dennis McKenna, MD, of New York's
Albany Medical Center, said:
are often struggling to reach family members when a patient cannot
speak to us, and the first place we might look is a cell phone. A
family member or friend is one of our best resources for learning
about the patient's medical history.
a visitor is in the emergency department, we can make the most of his
or her time by teaching something valuable. In the future, patients
with ICE on their cell phone may help us give them the best possible
treatment in a timely fashion.”
There are two ways to do this, and it is recommended
that you do both.
Create ICE Entries in Your Phone’s Contact List
Simply add the word ICE in the Name, Title,
Company, or other field that displays on your contact list; or
1. Open your cell phone
contact list to create a new entry.
2. Enter the word ICE
with the name and number of the person you would like contacted in
3. To list multiple contacts name the entries ICE 1, ICE
2, ICE 3.
Examples: ICE 1-Husband-Tom
Create an ICE Group
Create a new Contact Group, and add to that group every person you
have flagged with the ICE tag.
workers look for the
codeword "ICE" when they
turn on your phone.
Help them help
Program your phone today!
The purpose of
this program is to assist
emergency workers and first responders.
should call 9-1-1 when
encountering an emergency situation.
Be Safe. Be
Healthy. Be Ready.
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