Cornell Local Roads Program

Got ICE?

If you have a cell phone, this should make a great deal of sense to you. We carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in their memory, but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone, but they wouldn't know who to call. There are likely many numbers stored there, but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? This is the reason behind the 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) campaign.

The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It expedites contact during emergency situations. All you need to do is store the number of a person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency) in the directory of your cell phone.

The idea was originally thought up by a paramedic, who found that there were always mobile phones with patients at the scenes of accidents, but the responders didn't know which number to call. He thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized contact name for this purpose, and ‘ICE’ fit the bill. In an emergency situation, response personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number stored in the patients cell phone under 'ICE.'

For more than one contact name, simply enter ‘ICE1’, ‘ICE2’, ‘ICE3’, or, ‘ICE 1 Wife’, etc.

‘ICE’ will speak for you when you are not able to do so for yourself.

Summer 2008

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