ICE: In Case of Emergency

Over the weekend I got an email from my friend and colleague Sahr Gborie in Freetown, Sierra Leone. I’m taking the liberty of reprinting it here, as I think it’s a particularly strong idea, one that could potentially save lives. Here’s what Sahr wrote:

We all carry our mobile phones with hundreds of names/ numbers stored in its memory or SIM cards but yet nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our near and dear ones?

ICE: In Case of Emergency

In case we are involved in an accident or had a heart attack and the people attending us get hold of our mobile phone but don’t know which number to call to inform our family members. Yes, there are many numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

For this reason, we must have one or more telephone numbers stored under the name ICE (In case of Emergency) in our mobile phones.

Recently, the concept of “ICE” is catching up quickly. It is simple, an important method of contact during emergency situations.

As cell phones are carried by majority of the population, just store the number of a contact person or person who should be contacted at during emergency as ICE” (meaning In Case of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by Sierra eRiders staff traveling up county who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents along the road, there were always mobile phones with patients, but people in the scenes didn’t know which number to call.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number stored as “ICE”.

We therefore thought that it would be a good idea if all staff members in your organization are sensitize that will later share the ideas with their families, then the entire country will aware of the ICE concepts.

It really could save your life, mine and others, or put a loved one’s mind at

For more than one contact name lets staff members simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and
ICE3 etc.

This is a great idea that will make a difference!

Yours faithfully,

Sahr F. Gborie
Project Coordinator

4 thoughts on “ICE: In Case of Emergency

  1. I’ve been doing this for a few months now and it created an unexpected benefit: It’s easier for me to dial my wife when I want to call her. This is because I have more than one person with her name in my phone book but only one ICE.

  2. Or you can just prefix the most important person’s name with an asterisk, which is what I do, so they appear at the top of the list.

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