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Thursday, June 3, 2010

What is ICE? [Emergency]

Today I received another interesting forwarded email from a colleague, again. It's quite a useful one, with a recommendation on how to save important phone numbers in your mobile phone books so that they can be easily identified during emergencies. It's recommended by paramedic.

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.

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? 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 and 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!

Please forward this. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest .

ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.


eric10234 said...

Interesting idea.
But wouldn't kidnappers and the like also know whom to call for ransom?


Oliver Lee said...

Yes, Eric. I can see your point. I was also thinking about that. So, I guess that's why it's not recommended to direct indicate Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Girl Friend, Boy Friend, etc, in the phone book.

eric10234 said...

Yup. That would be the reason why. You know what could be done though. The service providers could store emergency contacts in their database and allow medical personnel to identify themselves using a special code or some sort. Once the medical personnel calls up the service providers and identifies themselves and the phone number of the injured party, the service providers could route them through to that number's emergency contact.

I know it isn't fool-proof as it could be fooled too. But at least there's an added security.

Oliver Lee said...

A very good idea, Eric. Therefore, we need telecommunication providers to arrange for this kind of service. Someone has to look into this and create collaboration between related parties.