In 2004, British paramedic Bob Brotchie devised a solution to help first responders make contact with friends and family members of those involved in an accident or other type of emergency. The solution, which launched as the “In Case of Emergency (ICE) Program” in 2005, encouraged people to include ICE in front of their cellphone contacts as a way of designating who emergency workers should reach out to when the phone’s owner was unable to call or speak.
Over the past 10 years, many people across the United States have made this simple addition to important members of their contact list. Yet, while the program does address a fundamental issue, it doesn’t provide a truly comprehensive solution in the event of an emergency. Namely, it relies on responders already being on the scene of your emergency, having unrestricted access to your phone (meaning no passwords or locks), and being trained to use your phone for this purpose.
What the program did, however, was spark a conversation about who would be the best people to contact during an emergency. And now with the iUDAME app becoming available, this conversation is more important than ever before. Not only does the app get police, ambulance and fire & rescue on their way to your exact location, but iUDAME also reaches out to 5 people who matter to you most – friends, family or contacts who you trust to make critical decisions.
With that in mind, here are a few suggestions on who to add to your top 5:
Allergies & Medical Conditions
When paramedics and other responders arrive on a scene, they often have no way of knowing if a chronic medical condition might be contributing to the situation. The same could be said about allergies, as some drugs or drug combinations that might otherwise save another patient’s life, could very well make your health emergency worse.
While you may have been fully alert when you used the iUDAME app, any number of circumstances might arise which make it impossible to communicate effectively. This is why it’s important to have at least one contact on your list who will respond quickly by letting medical personnel know about these issues and conflicts if the need arises.
Choose: Your partner, close relative/friend or family doctor are ideal.
Local, Reliable & Proactive
One of the advantages of the iUDAME app is its ability to reach out immediately to 5 people who care deeply about your well being. Doing so also ensures at least one of your contacts will be available to meet you at a nearby hospital, connect with other friends and family members, or provide assistance in other ways.
At iUDAME, we recommend your top 5 list contains someone who lives close to your home, or at the very least, is proactive enough to communicate your situation to nearby relatives and loved ones. In addition, it’s equally important to have someone you can count on during a time of emergency – for example, a person who answers their phone, text messages and emails quickly, and will speak to others on your behalf without hesitation.
Choose: Again, your partner or a close relative/friend who lives in the same area is likely your best choice.
Who Can Handle an Emergency?
Take a moment to think critically about the personality types contained within your contact list. Who among them is best suited for handling any type of emergency? It’s likely you have one person at a minimum who is well-equipped to tackle every situation, including significant crises that involve someone they care about deeply.
If an accident or injury occurs, having someone who is level-headed and won’t be overly emotional about the situation is often a great person to add to your list. Ideally, this person can answer questions posed by medical personnel or help you sort things out calmly.
Choose: In this case, we recommend a friend/family member with a military, medical or strong leadership background.
Important Business & Family Contacts
If you are a single parent who works away from home, there’s a good chance you already know someone on your contact list who will take care of your child in the event of an emergency. This might include a babysitter, a neighbor or a nearby relative who can respond quickly when contacted through the iUDAME app.
Other options for you to consider adding to your top 5 is your lawyer, who can make your wishes known to medical staff and loved ones, or business partners and coworkers, who may be able to make arrangements for work, take care of your home or provide other kinds of assistance.
Regardless of who you choose, be sure to let those you add know why you chose them to be an important part of your top 5. After all, iUDAME is more powerful and meaningful than any emergency contact list ever designed, and it could very well save your life.