Thursday, October 16, 2008

ICE and an Award

No, this isn't a post about last winter’s ice storms, but about a Canadian initiative called ICE which is an acronym "In Case of Emergency." I came across this post on Gill’s site at and thought it made a lot of sense, but then the simple ideas usually do. Perhaps this is something we should be doing in the US?

"ICE - 'In Case of Emergency.' We all carry our cell phones with names & numbers stored in its 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 wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence the 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell (mobile) phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' (In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always cell phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as 'ICE.' For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference!

Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our cell phones today! Please forward this. It won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. ICE will speak for you when you are not able to. "

An Award

My apologies to Sarah, I’ve been a bit remiss in posting about the award she so kindly gave me. Thanks Sarah.

This award recognizes those readers that regularly show their support with comments, so I would like to pass this on to my few regulars. I don’t post as often as I’d like, but I also have a cooking blog and it gets very time consuming. But I do want to thank you for taking the time to stop by and for all your lovely comments. Pam, I would have included you, but Sarah beat me to it.


Lakeland Jo said...

Thanks so much for my award- I have put it on my blog and when people click on it I hope it goes through to your site! That's the idea anyway!!!

Raquel said...

Jan: Thanks so much, I love that award! The ICE is a good idea. Also a good idea to have an ICE list at home - or even programmed into your home phone. Thanks again, my friend! Much love, Raquel XO

Janet said...

Jo, thanks for the plug on your blog.

Raquel, you are very welcome, my friend. Love and hugs.

pamokc said...

I have seen the ICE idea before and definitely need to do that on my phone for sure! Have a great weekend!

Denise said...

Thanks Janet, you really deserve this award and I appreciate you including me in your selection. I shall also enjoy looking at the other sites you mentioned. Have a great week.

Denise said...

You know, I keep calling you Janet instead of Jan, I apologize for that. I will try to remember next time.

Janet said...

That's okay Denise, I answer to both. :-)