Friday, July 22, 2005

ICE Protocol

Just got an interesting e-mail here. Please understand this is not a hoax and I'll explain more after the text of the e-mail. It reads:

A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in their mobile phone's memory under the heading "ICE" (for "In Case of Emergency"), has rapidly spread throughout the world as a particular consequence of last week's terrorist attacks in London. Originally established as a nation-wide campaign in the UK, ICE allows paramedics or police to be able to contact a designated relative / next-of-kin in an emergency situation.

The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie and was launched in May this year. Bob, 41, who has been a paramedic for 13 years, said: "I was reflecting on some of the calls I've attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured person. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with ICE we'd know immediately who to contact and what number to ring. The person may even know of their medical history."By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile will help the rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative - which could be vital in a life or death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easilyhelp save your life. Why not put ICE in your phone now? Simply select a new contact in your phone book, enter the word 'ICE' and the number of the person you wish to be contacted. For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc. It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do, and please pass this may save a life.

I checked the extremely valuable Snopes database on this and found that this is true. Bob Brotchie in the UK is a paramed and has started this protocol. What you'll also find is that some hoaxers are claiming that doing so allows hackers to drill into your phone. Ridiculous. That's a hoax, but the ICE protocol is not. I've just now done it myself. Terrorists or tornados, it's good advice. Please pass it along.