In Case of Emergency: ICE

aug3105-ambulanceI worked as an ER nurse for two years and part of my job was to take shifts in riding the ambulance whenever necessary. When attending to an accident scene, we usually needed to check the victim’s belongings to check for his identity. This is important especially if the victim is unable to think due to confusion, or is unconscious to be able to speak or dictate phone numbers of relatives who need to be contacted.


During my time, we usually search the victim’s wallet for identification and telephone numbers. But that was many years ago when the use of cell phones is not as much as it is nowadays.


I came across a personal safety campaign related to this from Aidisan recently and it is called the ICE (In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The idea is to enter in your cell phone’s address book the name and phone number of the person you want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency.” As hundreds of names could be listed in your Contacts List, the names of contact persons should be entered under the name ICE, so that the emergency services will be able to locate easily who your next of kin are and be able to contact them quickly.


In case of more than one contact person, the other names should be listed under ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 and so on.


Locating a relative during an emergency is important not only to be able to relay what happened to you, but also to find out from your nearest kin if there are other things that need to be considered in your case, such as if you have any preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or cardiac problems. The relative might also be able to provide vital information such as the name of medications you are currently taking, if you have some food or drug allergies, or if you are wearing implants such as pacemakers or AV fistulas.


Nowadays, paramedics usually turn to a victim’s cell phone to find clues for that person’s identity. So to make it easier for the responders to get the information they need, people are encouraged to adopt this ICE idea.


It would only take a few moment to do this on your cell phones. You never know, by so doing, this could save your life or could put a loved one’s mind at rest. Please help spread  this campaign.



Picture from citynews.ca


11 Responses to “In Case of Emergency: ICE”

  1. 1 hcsllc
    November 20, 2008 at 9:45 am

    This is a great idea. I recently read a Scottish murder mystery and apparently ICE is common in other countries. I had no idea what the term meant inside of the murder mystery for the longest time but needless to say, my fictional heros used the ICE number to contact next of kin. Thanks for the post. I will program my ICE numbers now!


  2. November 20, 2008 at 10:46 am

    One can do lot better than adding ICE contacts in your phone book. Go: http://ICEcare.net to signup and download free ICE solution that holds all your critical information on your mobile phone. In an emergency, every second counts. When the paramedics have quick access to this information, they can provide you with better informed treatment. And this solution is free.


  3. November 20, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!


  4. November 20, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    hi hcsllc, thanks for dropping by. I hope more and more people programs their cell phones with the ICE numbers.

    hi charles, thanks for the additional information. I signed up at icecare.net!

    hi marc, thanks! as always!


  5. 5 diego
    November 26, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I hope this campaign reaches everybody. it’s a very good idea. i programmed my ICE numbers already. thanks.


  6. June 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I think this is a great idea! This would be very useful especially if the person has no relatives around, or if the relatives are in the province, so that the call can be forwarded to the next available person.


  7. June 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I totally agree! This is indeed a very helpful idea! I’m gonna share it to my relatives and friends as well. 🙂


  8. June 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    ..blog out ko kaya ang ice na ito..
    galing! tama nga naman..


  9. June 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I think we all need that ICE so we could all be ready when accidents happen.


  10. 10 kat
    June 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    hay sus, hot sauce, kala ko pag may emergency kang nasaksihan, tapos nahimatay yong naaksidente, eh lagyan kaagad ng ice para matauhan…nyahahaha…..anyway, sana mayroong ganyan dito no?


  11. 11 John1431
    August 28, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Very nice site!


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