Posted by: garispang | August 4, 2009

Singaporeans urged to store emergency numbers on cellphones

ice-in-case-of-emergencySINGAPORE: Mobile phones can provide civil defence officers with vital contact information.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) wants more Singaporeans to store emergency numbers on their mobile phones.

It launched a month-long outreach programme on Monday to encourage handphone owners to use the prefix ‘ICE’, which is short for ‘In Case of Emergency’.

This will help officers identify and contact a victim’s next-of-kin in the event of an emergency.

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. 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 this ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of ‘ICE’ is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As 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 mobile 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 recognised 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 dialling the number you have stored as ‘ICE’.

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.

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

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