I work with my folks, so my Mom has a tendency to bring in pertinent newspaper articles from the AZ Republic, toss them on my chair, and expect me to read them. Usually it’s some fluff piece about real estate values, or something on Battlestar Gallactica (Great show btw), but today it was on ICE.

When the attacks in London happened a few weeks ago, they put out a suggestion that people program in a phone number in their cell labelled ICE which stands for In Case of Emergency. This number is supposed to be a contact for someone who can provide a medical history, or get to a hospital if you’re in an accident or otherwise incapacitated. If you have more than one contact, label them ICE2, ICE3 and so on.

Now normally I don’t go for stuff like this, but after a pretty wicked car accident a few years ago, I feel like I should be ready just in case. So I busted out my Treo 600, and entered my mom’s name under ICE, and Dad’s under ICE2. The nice thing about my phone is that under each contact I have TONS of space for extras. What I ended up doing was putting in what medications I take, what allergies I have, and so on.

I can only hope that it never has to be used, but if it does, I’m prepared.

3 Comments so far

  1. Anne (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 11:21 am

    Hey this is a great idea! I was in a bad accident a few years ago…and luckily my young daughter was with me and was able to give my info.
    I never thought of programming the cell phone. I wonder why no one has ever come up with that idea before?

  2. Kevin Whipps (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    Leave it to the British to come up with the good ideas :)

  3. demooderew (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 2:20 am

    Read about 15 posts down and you’ll see I already covered this topic! No worries though, the more publicity the better.

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