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We all carry our mobile phones...

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TheBlackKnight Report 21 Jan 2013 01:47

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but would not know who to call. Yes, there may be hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.
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.
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'. Please inform you're family & friends 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 and ICE3 etc
What are your thoughts on this?

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 21 Jan 2013 07:05

I have had this detail in my phone for several years now and tell others to use it too If it meant I could be in contact with someone needing me more quickly or vice versa, then it's well worth the effort. Too many people going round with no i.d. on them which I used to insist on my son carrying, a phone can be lost, stolen or damaged but if you have something with your contact details in your pocket too, it would help the emergency services contacting someone for you much sooner.

Imagine ending up in hospital and no one knows who you are, they can't check your medical records or get someone to be with you or to know where you are.



Lyndi Report 21 Jan 2013 08:39

I have this on my phone and while it has not been used in an emergency situation I did once lose my phone.
It was handed in at Norwich Railway station and staff there used the ICE contact number and my son knew I had lost my phone before I realised it was missing!! :-D


AnninGlos Report 21 Jan 2013 09:18

Yes had it on our phone for several years too.


David Report 21 Jan 2013 09:29

What a sensible idea.
Im putting it in my phone.


BrianW Report 21 Jan 2013 10:02

Had it in there for 4 or 5 years.
It ought to be better publicised.

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 21 Jan 2013 10:42

Yes saw this on Facebook last week and have put in my phone and passed on to friends and family. I had never heard about it before.



Jacqueline Report 21 Jan 2013 15:58

All the family use this system as it seems a simple but good idea. Agree it should have much more publicity.


K Report 21 Jan 2013 16:05

I don't carry a phone but always carry identification.

A friend who lives alone and without near relatives has put a list of people to contact by the phone in her house in case she is taken ill/dies at home.


AnnCardiff Report 21 Jan 2013 16:14

I have a mobile phone but a very simple one - cannot do texts and have no idea how to put a contact in it :-S :-S


Cynthia Report 21 Jan 2013 16:18

My daughter who lives on her own, has her ICE number where it can be seen in her flat. It would save time in an emergency.

Ann......get yer act together woman - it's SO simple. sheeeesh.


TheBlackKnight Report 21 Jan 2013 16:49

I just thought it was a good idea & that it would also be good to pass it onto others. Yes I do have ICE numbers on my phone & have done for four years now.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 22 Jan 2013 08:53

There is also this suggestion - I think it is universal not just Newcastle.

Bottle in the Fridge - emergency information scheme

The Bottle in the Fridge initiative is an emergency information scheme that is currently provided free of charge by Caring Hands.

Caring Hands supply bottle packs to statutory and voluntary groups throughout Newcastle. The bottle packs are for people aged over 50 years old who live in their own homes and may be in ill health.

The bottle pack gives you the means to alert the emergency services to important medical information and contact details, should an accident or sudden illness in your home occur.

The fridge has been chosen to store the bottles as 95% of all households have one and it is generally easy to find. Also, the insulation properties and construction of a fridge mean that in the event of a fire, the contents of the fridge usually survive.

The bottle pack consists of:

A bottle
A basic medical information form
Green and white emergency data link stickers, which are unique to the scheme
You complete the form with all of your relevant medical information and put this in the bottle, which you then place in your fridge. You put one of the stickers just inside your front door, so that it’s clearly visible to any of the emergency services, and one of the stickers goes on your fridge. The green and white stickers are recognised by the emergency services.

You shouldn’t put a sticker on the exterior of your property. The emergency services will know to look for one inside your front door.

If more than one person in your household has a bottle, attach a photograph to the medical form, so that the emergency services can easily identify whose bottle it is.

For further information, or to find out how to get a bottle pack, contact Caring Hands using the details given below, or visit the Your GP may also be able to provide you with a Bottle in the Fridge pack.

Other useful information
It can be easy to mislay important documents and information. Age UK has developed a LifeBook so you can find exactly what you need without searching through file after file. You can record all sorts of useful details, from who insures your car, to where you put the TV licence. The LifeBook will not only help you to be more organised but could also be invaluable to a family member or a friend if they need to locate important information about you in an emergency. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions to fill in the various sections with your details, contacts and locations of important documents. The LifeBook is free. For more information, visit the Age UK website.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 22 Jan 2013 09:20

Yes, I have the Ice number, however my mobile as with the majority of others these days needs a code to unlock it.
So no one could get to the Ice number. With so many high end mobiles being stolen these days, having a code prevents someone running up a massive bill at your expensive before you are in a position to let the mobile company know it has been stolen and have the number blocked.


JustJohn Report 22 Jan 2013 09:51

Interesting point, LindainHC.

I can only think the Emergency Services must have a way of getting into a locked phone. Because I think they do.

We have to have ICE1 and ICE2 on our mobile phones at work - and with some of my young bachelor colleagues they seem to change ICE2 by the week. When I call my wife, she is always the ICE One in my display:-D :-D Ice One is usually your next of kin.

I know exactly what AnnC means - I have to hand my phone to son usually if I need to put numbers on it or text somebody. Yes, I know it is very easy. :-) ;-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Jan 2013 10:09

We've got one of those 'Bottle in the Fridge'* pots waiting for the right time to give it to the in-laws. They've only just agreed to have an emergency alarm fitted
*Edit to add - provided by the Lions organisation

As they are v houseproud, we aren't sure how they would react to the suggestion that the associated sticker is fixed somewhere obvious. They wouldn't like it on their front door, inside a block of private flats.

Their argument is that if something happens to him/her, the other one can provide the information. :-0

They both have cheap PAYGo phones (mainly in case one wanders off in the shopping centre) which we have loaded with the ICE, so that's something!


supercrutch Report 22 Jan 2013 11:30

from the net:

Locked phones

For security purposes, many mobile phone owners now lock their mobiles, requiring a passcode to be entered in order to access the device. This hinders the ability of first responders to access the ICE phone list entry. In response to this problem, many device manufacturers have provided a mechanism to specify some text to be displayed while the mobile is in the locked state. The owner of the phone can specify their "In Case of Emergency" contact and also a "Lost and Found" contact. For example, BlackBerry mobiles permit the "Owner" information to be set in the Settings ? Options ? Owner menu item.

Alternatively, some handsets provide access to a list of ICE contacts directly from the "locked" screen.