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Put Your Cell Phone on ICE

August 19, 2005

Westchester County is endorsing a new idea first proposed by a British paramedic to help first responders identify emergency contacts for accident victims.

ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. It’s easy to do. Just add an entry into your cell phone contact list under “ICE” with the name and phone number of the person you’d like contacted in case of emergency. This will help first responders know who to contact and ensure that a loved one will be there to give doctors information that could save your life.

U.K.-based paramedic Bob Brotchie came up with the idea after having difficulty getting emergency contact information from injured patients.

“It’s a simple thing that will be of tremendous help to first responders,” said County Executive Andy Spano. “We’d like to encourage everyone to add ICE to your cell phone contact list.”

How to use ICE:

  • Type ICE into your cell phone contact list followed by the name or description (ie: Mom, husband etc.) of your emergency contact.

  • Make sure to use the number where the person is most likely to be reached such as their cell vs. home number. Also list secondary numbers such as home, business etc. Don’t forget to include the area code. You can list additional contacts by entering them as ICE2 or ICE3 etc.

  • Let the person know in advance that you are listing them as your emergency contact


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