Friday, June 12, 2009

In Case of Emergency (ICE)

Here is one of the best Ideas I have ever heard. Well done Bob...

  • In case of emergency (ICE) is a programme that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information. The program was conceived in the mid-2000s and promoted by British paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005.

    It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone address book under the name "ICE". Alternately, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as "ICE1", "ICE2", etc.

How brilliant is that? Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Might I suggest, if you are contemplating international travel, you add the ICE number in "international format". In other words, the country code goes in front of the number, the leading zero of the number is dropped, and a "+" is added the start (which tells the phone to call internationally if necessary). For example, an Australian number (country code 61) such as (02) 12345678 would be entered as +61212345678.

See our ICE page for more info.

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