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Three letters that may save your life

CHARLOTTE COUNTY: A simple three-letter entry into your cell phone’s contact list could save your life. When I.C.E., In Case of Emergency, is typed in front a loved one’s name, it will instantly let rescue crews know who to contact.

Emergency responders in Charlotte County are excited about I.C.E. They like it because anyone with a cell phone can take part in the program. It’s easy, it’s free, and it could mean the difference between life and death.

When emergency crews respond to an accident, one of the first things they will do is try to track down the victim's cell phone. They will look through the cell phone's contact list looking for an I.C.E. listing.

The idea of an I.C.E. listing was created by a London police officer in the wake of last year’s terrorist bombings.

Deputy Edward Moos of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is spearheading a similar program in Charlotte.

"I know how frustrating it is to arrive at a scene and all of a sudden you don't have enough information to help this person out," said Moos.

I.C.E. is also becoming a hot topic with other emergency crews as well.

"I think it's a great idea. I put it into my cell phone as soon as I heard about it," said Dee Hawkins of Charlotte County EMS.

There may be some concerns about privacy, but when a life is on the line, rescue workers insist the benefits of I.C.E. far outweigh any risk.

"I don't know if it’s an invasion of privacy because if you have a cell phone anyways, we're going to start hunting and looking as well. So, wouldn't you rather have a designated person that we can contact immediately and get the information that we need?" said Hawkins.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, the Charlotte County fire departments and the Punta Gorda Police Department are urging everyone to put the I.C.E. label into their cell phone contact list as soon as possible.


To set up ICE on your cellular phone:

Step 1:Create a new contact in your cell phone
Step 2: Name the contact ICE
Step 3: Program the number for your emergency contact


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