Stranded on the road? You can now get emergency services to help you out. Get in a fender-bender? Police can be called immediately.
But what happens when there is a more serious emergency and you are unable to dial your cell phone? In this case, it's very important that emergency contact information be stored in your cell phone address book. The first listing emergency personnel will look for is ICE.
ICE, in the medical field, stands for 'In Case of Emergency.' In the event of an emergency, an EMS (Emergency Medical Service) person can skim through your cell phone's address book and locate an emergency contact quickly. This way, one of your loved ones, or someone who can help, can be contacted.
ICE is programmed into both Joe's (my husband) cell phone and my cell phone, and I also have it in our paper address book at home. In Joe's cell phone, I programmed our home number, my cell number and a neighbor's number. In my cell phone, I programmed our home number, Joe's cell number and a neighbor's number.
All of these are listed under the ICE heading. If you can't program several numbers under one heading, you can always title your two or three emergency contact numbers, ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3.
These emergency numbers are also indicated on a paper attached to my fridge, along with our family medications (which are also stored in our wallets).
Nobody ever wants anything bad to happen, and hopefully it never does. But in the case of an emergency, it's always best to be both organized and prepared.