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Putting 'ICE' in your cell phone may help during emergencies

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A cell phone tip could help to expedite the process of notifying family or loved ones in the event of an emergency or accident.
Emergency officials recommend storing the phone numbers of loved ones under 'ICE' in your cell phone contact list.

'ICE' is an acronym for 'In Case of Emergency'.

Region 22 Emergency Management Director Jerry Bretthauer says inputting an 'ICE' contact can help first responders figure out who to call in the case of an accident.
"So when an emergency worker shows up and you're laying there with a heart attack or you slipped and fell and hurt yourself or you got in a really bad car accident, the emergency workers like a fireman or an ambulance worker or a policeman are supposed to look at your phone and look for anything that has 'ICE' in front of it."
Bretthauer says looking for 'ICE' contacts is not standard protocol, but he will suggest the idea to local emergency responders.


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