A recent article from the Toronto Star, “the ICE idea”, is catching on and
it is a very simple, yet important method of contact for you or a loved one
in case of an emergency. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the
population, all you need to do is program the number of a contact person or
persons and store the name as “ICE”.
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn’t know which numbers to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name to file “next of kin”
Following a disaster in London, the East Anglican Ambulance Service has
launched a national “In case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign. The idea is that
you store the word “ICE ” in your mobile phone address book, and with it
enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted “In Case of
Emergency “. In an emergency situation, Emergency Services personnel and
hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by
simply dialling the number programmed under “ICE”.
Please relay this to everybody in your address book. 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. For more than one contact name
simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.
A great idea that will make a difference !