In Case of Emergency
What would happen if you are involved in an accident
or become ill and can not communicate? How would emergency personnel
know who to contact for you? Your cell phone contains a list of names
and phone numbers, but how would anyone but you know which person is
your closest family member or friend?
A paramedic in England
developed a plan called ICE (or "In Case of Emergency"), where emergency
response personnel could use a victim's cell phone to quickly locate
emergency contact names and phone numbers. The plan suggests listing the
word ICE in your cell phone contact list with phone numbers and names of
your closest family members or friends. Emergency personnel trained to
recognize the ICE campaign would know immediately who to call for you,
in case of an emergency.
The SSU Department of Public Safety and the Portsmouth Police Department have ICE stickers for
you to place on the back of your cell phone. This alerts emergency
personnel to use your cell phone to contact your family on your behalf.
How do I set up ICE on my cell phone?
Select the Name Directory or
Contacts List on your cell phone.
Enter ICE as the Contact Name
or Last Name.
Enter the full name of the first person you would
want contacted in case of an emergency, into the "First Name" field or
other text field as: "1 First Last Name".
Example of entry -
ICE, 1 Shawn Bear, 740-555-5555.
Repeat for additional names,
changing the 1 to 2, 2 to 3, etc.
Obtain an ICE sticker from the
SSU Department of Public Safety or the Portsmouth Police
Department *. Place the sticker on the back of your cell phone to alert
emergency response personnel to use your phone to contact your family or
closest friend listed under ICE.
Go one step further. Obtain a
second sticker and place it in the upper left corner of your car
windshield, driver's side. This will alert emergency response personnel
to check your cell phone if you are unable to communicate.
Portsmouth Police Dept is located at 728 Second Street, Portsmouth,
Ohio, just west of the Ohio River Bridge.