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"ICE" Entry into Your Phone With Emergency Contact Information-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor
The eRumor says that after
the terrorist bombings in London in July, 2005, an ambulance service
started a campaign to encourage you to put an "ICE" entry
into your cell phone that contains the names and numbers of people
to be contacted in case you are in an emergency.
The campaign is true, although it was
not prompted by the London terrorist bombings.
It was started in April, 2005 by a paramedic based in Cambridge in
His name is Bob Brotchie and he is a clinical team leader for the
East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust.
He said he got tired of trying to figure out who to contact when
dealing with shocked or injured patients who can't give the
The campaign encourages people to put an entry in their cell phones
and other portable address devices under the name of "ICE"
(In case of emergency).
Emergency personnel can quickly check the cell phone for the ICE
entry and reach whoever's name and contact information is
It also gives the cell phone owner the opportunity to choose who
will be contacted during an emergency when that person may not want
Mom, Dad, or some other same-named relative to be called.
The announcement of the campaign in April was made by Brotchie, a
British war hero named Simon Weston, and the Vodafone Life Saver
Vodafone is a cell provider in the UK and says that its research has
shown that more than 75 percent of the people it surveyed don't
carry any information about who they would want contacted on their
behalf in case of an emergency.
In July, 2005, an email started circulating saying that an email
about ICE should not be opened because it is a virus.
There has not been a virus discovered using "ICE" as a
The virus warning was a hoax, perhaps circulated by someone who was
afraid that the email could be a virus.
Last updated 7/25/05
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Following the disaster in London, the Ambulance Service have launched a
national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" worldwide campaign.
The idea is that you store the word " I C E
" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the
number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of
In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff
will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be
able to contact them. It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do.
Please will you also email this to all the people you
know, 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 ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.
Itís a great idea, store it in your phone then pass
on the message to your family and friends....
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