Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Cell phones are everywhere. They keep us connected with our friends, families, and offices. They are annoyances in classrooms, theaters, markets, sidewalks, and just about any other public place one can imagine. Now that annoying necessity of the 21st century may save lives, your life. Perhaps, God forbid, even help to identify you if you are dead.

A movement to employ cell phones to aid in the identification of accident, disaster, and terror victims is gaining ground because of the London terror bomb attacks.

By entering an emergency contact number of a relative, friend, or primary care physician into the mobile phone memory under the file name ICE (In Case of Emergency), first responders can rapidly identify victims. Obtaining ID and medical data quickly and accurately can help to save lives when time is short.

Bob Brotchie, an East Anglian Ambulance Service Paramedic, came up with ICE this past May. His idea met only limited success at first. But since the bombings, the movement has spread beyond England around the world through a very effective e-mail campaign. Cell phone makers are being urged to add ICE file headings to their products during manufacture.

I just might have to break down, join the 21st century and get a cell phone. Damn.

(Hat tip to my little sister, Patty.)

Dial ICE in Emergency By Times Online, July 12, 2005

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dcat said...

Yes Indi,

I scream at people but they don't hear me! This is when I am driving!


Newvictorian said...

Indigo Red,

I posted about your most excellent blog and added you to the blogroll today.

Rock on.

YellowRose said...

I read this recently regarding ICE, it's a very good idea. I hadn't even given any thought before who'd they'd call in an emergency to be honest and we have FOUR cell phones in our household (no make that 5 counting hubby's work cell)!