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Put Emergency ICE Numbers on Your Mobile Phone
Following research carried out by Vodafone that showed that fewer than 25% of people carry any details of who they would like telephoned following a serious accident, a campaign encouraging people to enter these ICE numbers into their mobile phones began in the UK. The idea has gained considerable momemtum since the July 7, 2005 London bomb attacks.
A particular difficulty faced by emergency services personnel is how to contact the next of kin of a victim, or to obtain vital medical information, when the victim is unconscious, otherwise unable to speak or respond to questions, or may even be dead.
Are there any drawbacks to this scheme?Yes, there are drawbacks to every scheme.
What should I do?You can put the number of someone the police or ambulance staff should ring in an emergency. Think about someone who should know if you are hurt or in trouble. This might be someone in your family or a paid carer or a friend. It is important to think carefully about who you choose.
This person will be your ICE contact. Emergency staff will look on your phone for it. They will ring your ICE contact to tell them what has happened.
Go to the part of your phone where you add new names and numbers.
You can have more than one ICE number if you need to. You can call them ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3.
Don’t forget to tell your ICE contact that you have put them as the emergency contact on your mobile phone. Also tell your friends to do the same on their phones. If your children have mobiles, don't forget to tell them how to do it...... On second thoughts...... Ask your kids how to do it!
Lastly, If your phone has a camera, take a picture of yourself and call it ICE - Me. This will identify you with the phone.
Note: There are a number of emails going round that say a virus will enter your phone and wipe your SIM card or charge you extortionate rates if you use ICE numbers. I'm sorry there are people like this in the world, but we have to put up with them. All these emails are fake and hoax emails. They prey on the fear of readers to spread their rubbish and scare people into making bad decisions.
The ICE number is exactly the same as making any other call. If you have free minutes in your phone contract, it will even be free. If you are PAYG, you will pay your normal call rate. In fact the number dialled will probably be in your phone already under another heading like, Mum or Dad. It's just that if everybody uses the ICE system, emergency staff know exactly where to go first. It may not be appropriate to dial 'Mum' if she is 90 and a bit frail, wouldn't you agree?
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Philip Chave © 2008-
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