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My brother forwarded me an email recently that has been spreading around the Internet faster than kudzu. Maybe you've seen it?

A recent article from the Toronto Star, "the ICE idea", is catching on and it is a very simple, yet important method of contact for you or a loved one in case of an emergency. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is program the number of a contact person or persons and store the name as "ICE".

ICE, in this case, is not a rap or Hollywood star, but an acronym for "In case of Emergency." And while I think this is a great idea, and I forwarded it on to others, it was a little unsettling to me that the inventor wasn't named in the mass email.

So I did some research and am now outing one Bob Brotchie of the UK, who works for The East Anglican Ambulance Service and came upon the idea after one of the recent London disasters. For the full scoop, check out Paramedic.org.uk.

And for the full email, if you'd like to forward it to your loved ones, I've reprinted it after the jump.

A recent article from the Toronto Star, "the ICE idea", is catching on and it is a very simple, yet important method of contact for you or a loved one in case of an emergency. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is program the number of a contact person or persons and store the name as "ICE".

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which numbers to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name to file "next of kin" under.

Following a disaster in London . The East Anglican Ambulance Service has launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign. The idea is that you store the word "ICE " in your mobile phone address book, and with it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency ". In an emergency situation, Emergency Services personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialling the number programmed under "ICE".

Please forward this to everybody in your address book. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

A great idea that will make a difference !

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