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ICE Number in Your Mobile Phone Helps Emergency Personnel Help You

Before travelling, consider adding to your mobile phone an emergency phone number, known to emergency personnel as an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number.

An ICE number is an emergency phone number programmed in a mobile phone's address book under the name ICE (In Case of Emergency), for use by emergency personnel on the cellular phone owner's behalf.

Follow these tips to get the best out of your ICE number:

1. Make sure the person whose name and number you are listing has agreed to be your ICE contact.

2. Make sure your ICE contact has a list of people they should contact on your behalf -- including your place of work.

3. Make sure your ICE contact person's number is one that's easy to reach -- for example, a home number on a land line could be useless in an emergency if the ICE contact person works full time (and is away from the home phone).

4. Make sure your ICE contact knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment -- for example, allergies or current medication.

5. Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE contact is a parent or guardian authorized to make decision on your behalf -- for example, if you need a life or death operation.

6. If your preferred ICE contact is deaf, then type ICETEXT and the name of your contact before saving the number.

7. When your ICE contact's number is already in your phone, the Caller-ID feature may not display the ICE contact's name, because your ICE contact's number is a duplicate entry. If you have two identical phone numbers entered in your phone, your phone won't know which Name to display, so it just shows the number. Easy Fix on some phones: Simply type an * after the number listed for your ICE contact.

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