Baby Boomers and the importance of “ICE,” In Case of Emergency

One of the things we like to read about here at BoomerCafé are the changes our generation has seen, and the ways people cope with them. That’s what this piece by Wayne Merry, founder of My Life To Celebrate, is about. Cell phones … and how to make the best use of them.

Like every other generation, we boomers today are rushing to our jobs or our tennis matches and running errands in our high-tech cars with cellphones in hand. The auto industry is determined to try and wow us with all of the internet connections you can have in a car. The reality is, they are giving us lots and lots more distractions. That’s why I really like my Bluetooth option as I find myself less distracted to make and receive calls HANDS FREE! It might not be perfect, but it’s an improvement.


Accident victim and first responder.

Here’s another: having an emergency contact anyone can easily find! Why? Because every year, about a million people are admitted to hospitals UNCONSCIOUS! Every day, an average of 27,400 car accidents happen. Yet a recent survey shows that 86% of Americans have not provided the critical information needed for a medical emergency. To confirm this, just watch any TV medical show and see the scenario repeat itself over and over. For you Boomers out there, remember Rampart on Emergency?

First responders are trained to look for identifying and emergency contact information on anyone they come in contact with. The quicker they have information like doctors’ names, insurance numbers, allergies, and of course next of kin, the quicker they just might SAVE YOUR LIFE.

There’s something wrong with this picture. We have all of these crazy contacts of people we just met one night and will never see again, let alone call. With speed dial, we have almost forgotten close friends’ and families’ numbers! Which reflects the growing trend of texting, not calling. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory said to his roommate, “I am concerned! I have emailed, texted, tweeted, skpyed and instant-messaged my girlfriend but no response”! To which the roommate replies “Did you think of calling her?”

Cell phones are a distraction and can lead to dangerous driving.

Cell phones are a distraction and can lead to dangerous driving.

So, here is a simple and easy solution! It is called ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency). It is a method of contact during emergency situations. Since most people now carry mobile phones, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name ‘ICE’ ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea came from a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients but he never knew which number to call. He thought it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized procedure to correct this. With ICE, responders and hospital staff can quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have listed under ‘ICE.’ It really could save your life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest. I also suggest that you include more than one contact name simply by enteringICE1, ICE2, and ICE3.

If you are a baby boomer, you might not have known about this before. Now you do. You ought to use it. Starting today.


  1. I can but echo this call for everyone to have ICE numbers listed as such on their cell phones. I, and a number of people I know here in the UK, have been doing this for a number of years.

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