Life is very unpredictable. We are not aware what will happen the next moment. We can met with an accident, disaster, attack and any of such thing. Being able to reach specific contacts in an emergency situation is always important. For many individuals their device becomes a potentially lifesaving tool. In Case of Emergency it allows friends, family, and even emergency personnel to quickly find contact information. There are several ways with which to accomplish this on BlackBerry though each person have a different way of doing this. Let us see how we can do this in simple way.
The easiest method is adding contacts with In Case of Emergency preceding their name. For example, you can ICE1 – Mom, ICE2 – Dad, inputting their numbers in the entry. While it creates duplicate contacts, rather than modifying the existing ones, it does allow EMT’s or other professionals to quickly navigate your emergency numbers.
You may create entries to include medical details, including allergies, medications you are using and additional relatives, friends, and physicians. Again you would precede the entry with the “ICE” tag so as navigate directly to them. Using the steps outlined above you could update your lock message to say where to find these contacts.
Keep in mind that your phone cannot be locked or password protected for these professionals to access your address book.
Lock Screen Message
If you have security enabled on your device you can add two emergency contacts to your lock screen. When you lock or protect your device with a password, this hinders emergency personnel including police officers from accessing your contact list. While locked, you can make an emergency phone call.
Swipe down from the top bezel to bring the homescreen menu and select settings
Tap Security and Privacy-Lock Screen
Scroll down to the Lock Screen Message
In the Line 1 and Line 2 fields, you have room to enter in at least two contacts and their telephone numbers.
Setup a background image with your details
As mentioned before, people lock their device for security and privacy reasons. However, this poses a downside. While it prevents strangers from accessing your data when lost or stolen, there is no way to view your ICE information. As said by adding a lock screen message, another quick fix is by changing your background or lock screen image (this can be done with the help of a third-party wallpaper changing application).
This quick and simple solution will allow you to add emergency information including your name, medical condition, contacts, etc. to your screen. Just be sure to check how it looks first so that there is nothing blocking the information from being read when creating your own wallpaper.
Taking precautions using the above methods are some of the ways in which you can alert the proper parties in an emergency. Installing an application is another method with which to store ICE contacts and other important life-saving information.
These are just a couple of applications available that offer a variety of features to aid first responders in obtaining important medical and contact information. The red cross is universal and easy to identify on your homescreen.
MED – ICE for BlackBerry 10
My Emergency Data – In Case of Emergency Med ICE is a programme that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information.
HelpME! is an application that assist the user of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone when in emergency situations, or is not able to provide health information to the staff of First Aid as a result of shock. HelpME! is a software for both patients and operators in emergency who will be able quickly access:
These are just a few methods to create and save ICE numbers on your BlackBerry.
If you come across or have any other method to use for emergency contact information do share for benefit of others.