November Health Beat

Karen’s Kolumn is usually written by Karen Dolley, our area Public Health Nurse… but Karen is very busy with Flu Clinics so I offered to substitute a safety tip I recently published on the Maine State Grange website. (I gave myself permission!) Karen promises she’ll be back next month!

Excerpted from an email I received recently…

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

The ”ICE” (In Case of Emergency) Campaign is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell (mobile) phones are carried by the majority of the population, 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.”  For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

Webmaster note:

Being a naturally curious person and former volunteer firefighter, I had to research this a little. The idea has been around since 2005 and appears to have originated in the U.K. There have been a number of “myths” regarding how this works (or doesn’t) but the fundamental idea has merit. To check on any emails you might get of this nature, the best source is It’s always a good idea to check things there before you forward emails with tips and warnings.

One of the best sources I found for information regarding this is the Los Angeles Fire Department! An important point made on their site is that you should not rely solely on this… adding ICE to your cell phone should be part of a