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Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« on: July 18, 2005, 05:05:17 AM »
This is an email I just received (It's been doing the rounds for a while but seems to me like a good idea).


ICE - In Case of Emergency

A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in their mobile phone's memory under the heading ICE (In Case of Emergency), has rapidly spread throughout the world as a particular consequence of last week's terrorist attacks in London.

Originally established as a nation-wide campaign in the UK, ICE allows paramedics or police to be able to contact a designated relative/next-of-kin in an emergency situation.

The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie and was launched in May this year. Bob, 41, who has been a paramedic for 13 years, said: "I was reflecting on some of the calls I've attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured person. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with ICE we'd know immediately who to contact and what number to ring. The person may even know of their medical history."

By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile will help the rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative - which could be vital in a life or death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easily help save your life.

Why not put ICE in your phone now?  Simply select a new contact in your phone book, enter the word 'ICE' and the number of the person you wish to be contacted.


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If you think this is a good idea why not do it and tell/email your friends as well ...

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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2005, 02:22:46 PM »
Is that available right now in the US? That is a great idea btw.

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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2005, 09:16:59 PM »
That's the beauty of this idea - it doesn't have to be available - it's not a service - just a concept that only needs to be understood by the different emergency people - instead of looking at say 50 to 100 numbers in your 'phone - it's understood they just dial the number listed as "ICE".
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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2005, 12:48:40 AM »
Thanks Totro :thumbsup:

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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2005, 03:06:03 AM »
That's the beauty of this idea - it doesn't have to be available - it's not a service - just a concept that only needs to be understood by the different emergency people - instead of looking at say 50 to 100 numbers in your 'phone - it's understood they just dial the number listed as "ICE".

OK, great, i'll have to remember that and passs the word around here locally and gather some feedback.

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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2005, 07:00:42 AM »
The idea seems to be gathering momentum - I just did this Google to see what might have been the global response :-


http://news.google.com.au/news?q=ICE+emergency+phone+number&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=nn&oi=newsr

Check it out, it seems to be gathering some acceptance. A lot of USA mentions ... 

Cheers, Totro  :thumbsup:

PS EDIT 21 July 2005 by Totro:-  Some prats have started spreading the idea that this is a part of some scam - it is not so disregard any stuff you read now in the above Google link about it being related to any 'phone virus or email scams.



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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2005, 10:39:23 PM »
Referring to Totro's PS:
 
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These warnings are hoaxes: no such danger exists. As the East Anglian Ambulance service noted on their web site:
Email hoaxers are threatening a campaign to encourage people to store contact details in their mobile phones.

The ICE (In Case of Emergency) scheme gained widespread coverage in the wake of Thursday’s London bombings as word spread by email throughout the world.

People can add into the mobile’s address book ICE and the name and number of the person they would like contacted in an emergency.

But a subsequent email circulated by malicious hoaxers suggests that ICE is a type of mobile phone virus which accesses your address book and drains pay-as-you-go phones of its credits.

Matt Ware, spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service, asked people to ignore the hoax email.

"I have been inundated with emails and phone calls from people worried that, having put ICE into their mobiles, they are now going to be charged for the privilege," he added.

"We would like to assure people that that’s not the case. Whoever began this second email chain is obviously a malicious person with way too much time on their hands."
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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2005, 07:38:21 AM »
There was an article in our local newspaper a couple of days ago about this.  Our "emergency officials" (for lack of being able to think of a better word) were asking people to program an ICE number into their cell phones.  I guess that answers the question of "If I program the number, will anyone know to look for it in an emergency?" (at least locally).

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Re: Life Saving idea - ICE in your 'phone ...
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2005, 04:09:38 PM »
Here is a link with information on how to signup for these alerts:

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/4499544/detail.html

Just click the hyperlink at the bottom of the page.

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