New Security Initiative: Put ICE on Your Cell Phone
The idea began with paramedics, who often find victims unconscious after car wrecks and other accidents. The paramedics frequently pick up victimsâ€™ cell phones in an effort to contact a relative, but must spend valuable time scrolling through the phone directory trying to figure out who a spouse or nearby relative may be.
The solution: Consumers are being asked to standardize by adding a phone-book entry simply called ICE, and the number of their emergency contact. The idea is brilliant and simple. Here are tips for getting the most out of the system:
Make sure the contact has agreed to be your ICE partner.
Give your ICE partner a list of people they should contact on your behalf: family members, workplace, etc.
Select an ICE number that is most likely to be picked up. For example, a friendâ€™s home phone number is a poor choice if that friend works fulltime.
Fully inform your ICE partner about any medical conditions, including allergies and medications.
Minorsâ€™ ICE partners should be a parent or guardian empowered to make life-or-death decisions on their behalf.
Not A Scam!
In a bizarre twist, hackers have launched an e-mail hoax suggesting that the ICE program is a cell-phone virus. This is absolutely not true; ICE is a legitimate grassroots program and will not unleash any sort of virus.
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