This is what the ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign aims to address, and the concept is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As 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’ ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn’t know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognised name for this purpose in an emergency situation,

Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as ‘ICE’.

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.”

Another extremely handy piece of information is the number to dial if you need any of the emergency services:


112 is the emergency number recognised anywhere in the European Union, including England, Scotland and Wales.  Further afield, this number is recognised in 70 countries world-wide, including America, Australia, Canada, India, and Pakistan.

When you dial 112, your phone will connect with any available network, not just the provider you are contracted to.  If the network is busy, your call will be prioritised as important.

Furthermore, most mobile phones have security protection which prevents a stranger for accessing the information held on them.  This emergency number, 112, bypasses any security.  You can dial 112 on any mobile phone, even if there is no credit left, and on some phones, even if there isn’t a sim card.

Some additional tips for mobile phones can be found here.