ICE – In Case of Emergency

icelogo.jpgRecently the concept of “ICE” is catching up quickly. It is simple, yet an important method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted at during emergency as “ICE ” (meaning In Case of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with the patients, but they didn’t know which numbers to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Services personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number stored as “ICE”. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

I feel this is a good idea to start using in Pakistan and would request people to highlight this simple idea to all your loved ones requesting them to save an ICE number. It really could save your life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest.

Credit to Arsalaan Haleem

14 Comments so far

  1. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 9:36 am

    U’ve got to be kidding me !!
    incase of emergencies/accidents mobile is the first thing ppl steal =D
    and i would feel stupid dialing ICE every day and receiving calls from ICE. The old way of taking the person to the hospital and let his family track him down is still pretty much the best..
    Ofcourse this is my opinion, you should all save ICE in your cell phones

  2. SK (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    I think it is a good idea, while in States I used to have ICE. There is not much stealing and whining about cell phones while in an accident and people are not as selfish as they are in Pakistan when it comes to saving somebody’s life.

    I think in Pakistan too people with a conscience will not do such a low act. Atleast not until the victim has been taken to a hospital.

  3. Nancy (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    I like the idea. Its good for countries like Pakistan . SK why would you need ICE in US , call 911 and they could track every thing within minutes.

    Dr. or some media person, could we please get it more public awareness

  4. Mariam (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    Teeth Maestro ,

    Yes, it’s indeed a good idea. Surely Authorities need to do something about Mobile stealing.


    I agree with you on this. Don’t we need to learn few things from westerners in etiquettes.

  5. anon_khi (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    I think it is a great idea and we should do all can to publicize it.

  6. Nadir Nasir (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    Well, as for poeple here in Karachi/Pakistan, I did not knew that poeple would be so stupid not to find the emergency umbers to dial to.

    I mean not more than 1 out of 10,000 individuals DON’T have the contact named as “GHAR”, “HOME”, “BHAI JAAN”, “BAAJI”, at least one of these will be there.

    The most worrying thing here is that most of the victims would not be having enough ‘credit’ in case of any emergncy calls can be made.

    So my idea is that only the cell phone operators can assign an ICE number (as they do in friends and family). The cost of the call can be regular when a person has the credit and if not then it should go through without any “Is call kay liyay matlooba raqam aap ki mojooda raqam say barh rahi hai”.

    Yea I know! this is Pakistan. People will definitely misuse this service. But there are ways to handle missuse, that is, proper monitoring, AI systems, warnings, banning, etc.

    (Any one from the Cellular company? You can forward this idea to you boss and score! :P)

  7. Omz (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    forget mobiles being stolen how many ppl u think on the road will actually know what ICE really means? i personally have never seen a decent person getting out of their car n helping some one if they r injured or not they just drive on so no doubt the ideas really good n i’m gonna try to us it too but at the same time the public needs to be educated bout it as well good luck n spread the ICE :)

  8. Kashif-x (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm


    I totally agree with you, people simply dont care whats hapenning outside their car. Even if the car right next to you got hit or had a terrible accident, one would simply not stop and drive away.

    As unfortunate as it is, this is the way of living in Karachi. I for one would consider EVERYONE outside my car a threat when i am out on the road, i keep my windows rolled up and doors locked.

    Too bad the people who usually stop to help the injured persons at roadside are usually (but not always) daily wages labourers , rickshaw drivers etc and not really educated people, so as hard as you try, the ICE thing is simply unworkable and unrealistic in Pakistan especially Karachi.

  9. Jamash (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    I agree with Nadir, who Need ICE when we have ” Home”, and for those who are dumb enough, not to call a person’s Home will never ever figure out “ICE” unless they need some ice for their coke.

    The best way is to keep a small card file with you with a small address book listing your home numbers and medical information. Also keep your Important documents like driving license and NIC in this card file, leaving your wallet for Money only because no one likes handing over important documents to a crook.

  10. Murtaza (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    Why is everyone so negative…does home have to be the number to dial in an emergency? I’ve always listed a family doctor or a relative’s place where someone or the other is most likely to be available at all times. If ICE does become a standard, wouldn’t it be much easier to look it up, rather than looking for home, ghar, abbu, bhai in an adress book with hundred plus entrees?!

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

    i posted this on my blog quite sometime back, and have had the ICE number on my phone since. :D

    thankgod havent had to use it :D

  12. Dee (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    Its a good idea Tee but instead of putting your emerg contact on cell phone why not on NIC?.Do we have computerized card? if yes, then it will be a breeze.If we dont have computerized cards t then still having a phone no. besides address is great.

  13. Kashif-x (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Dee, No offence but that sounds really dump. Why would you put your NIC inctead of your phone number. Someone would have to first contact nadra to find out your phone number and then call your place !

  14. Dee (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 11:22 pm

    Kashif…..>hmmm i dont know how things work in Pak so my suggestion was to *add phone no as well as home address* on NIC chip(if NIC is computerized).So in case of an accident hospital staff can access information(I am assuming emerg staff have access to med history as well as emerg contact).But if hospital staff end up calling NADRA then what is the point of having computerized NIC.and yes, it will be plain stupid.:)
    If we dont have computerized NIC then just place your phone no. where we have date of birth as well as address.

    In canada we carry health card all the time and it is computerized.So upfront you will have a pic of a person, as well as address, and date of birth.At the back we have a strip which has our med info such as allergies, family doctor and if there are any medical conditions and also the name and address and phone no. of the person/s to contact druing emerg situation.

    Now health card is different than National ID(citizentship card) and Social Insurance Card.So there is no need to worry about privacy(such as financial info leaking out to anyone who is not suppose to know that information.)

    Hope it will help clarify some confusion.

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