Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE Can Save Your Life

Marquette-McGregor, IA
June 27, 2007

When seconds count, law enforcement and other emergency response personnel need answers fast so they can quickly and safely give you or your loved ones medical care.
Today, more than ever before, emergency response personnel are turning to your cell phone for those clues to save valuable time. But they need your help. All you need to do is enter your "IN CASE OF EMERGENCY" (ICE) contact information into the address book of your cell phone. That way, your ICE contact can answer the important questions for you when you can't.

Here's what you need to do:
  • Type the acronym ICE followed by a contact name (for example, ICE-mom or ICE-Sarah) into the address book of your cell phone.
  • Save their phone number.
  • Tell your ICE contact that you listed them.
  • You'll also want to make sure that your ICE contact knows about any medical conditions that could affect your medical treatment.
  • Make sure if you are under the age of 18, that your ICE contact is a parent or guardian authorized to make decisions on your behalf.
Chief Randall A. Grady,

Mar-Mac Police Department