Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

You may have read about ICE in an email forward and disregarded it as another "let's see how many people we can get to do this" hoax, but it's actually a common practice that can potentially save your life one day.

ICE, which stands for In Case of Emergency, is a cell phone practice that enables paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to reach your emergency contacts in the event that you are victim of an accident, crime, or catastrophe. Basically, all you need to do is list your emergency contact in your mobile address book as 'ICE'. If you have more than one emergency contact (which isn't a bad idea), just list them as 'ICE1', 'ICE2', etc. Voila. Done. It'll be the first place emergency personnel will look.

Still don't think ICE is all the rage? Well, mobile phone providers have even begun offering mobile phones with dedicated ICE buttons (pictured is the Verizon Wireless Coupe). Granted, these phones are geared more towards the elderly and young children, but it's evidence that this phenomenon is very real.

Oh, one last thing. If you're one of those secretive types who likes to keep your cell phone locked with a password, keep in mind that paramedics won't be able to access your mobile address book. Just a thought in case you were planning to get into an accident any time soon.

Joe Says: Okay, that ICE phone is pretty fugly. Just stick to the tried and true method of adding ICE numbers to your iPhone's address book.

This is Joe, signing off.

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