Most people I know carry a cell phone with them when cycling — especially if they’re out on the road or in the backcountry by themselves. (Which is never a good thing to do…)
Recently, an initiative called “ICE” – In Case of Emergency – was launched by Bob Brotchie, a paramedic in the UK. This initiative has been adopted by emergency response teams around the world.
The concept is very simple:
- On your cell phone, create a new phone number entry called “.ICE” (Make sure you include the period — that should make the entry show up at the top of your list.
- Enter the phone number(s) for your emergency contacts — spouse, parent, friend, etc. If you can, include their name after the .ICE (eg. .ICE – Bob, or .ICE – Sally) You should also let them know you’re using them as a contact.
That’s about it… In the event that you’re in an accident and knocked unconcious, emergency responders, police or hospital staff can quickly and easily reach your emergency contacts.