When I first received an email from a friend suggesting that I add an ICE (in case of emergency) contact to my cell phone, I went straight to a search engine to see if it was a hoax. This was before cell phones were as common as watches, and I was skeptical that anyone would think to look for my cell phone if I was in an accident.
Now I’m a convert, and my ICE listing is likely more robust than most. If I’m in an accident and you check my ICE listing, you’ll find two people to contact, my insurance info, medical notes, and even information on travel assistance, if I’m far from home.
Why the change? I ride mules.
Riding is my passion. Seven years ago, after a lengthy spot of mild depression, I traded my couch for a saddle. Weekly lessons gave me reason to get out of the house. Within a year, I bought my beloved mule, Maxine. Within two years, I was filling up my walls with ribbons and photos of our adventures.
While riding has changed my life for the better, I always remember that it’s a dangerous sport. I’ve heard folks say that you have to come off three times to be a cowgirl, and I’ve earned my spurs. Maxine has plopped me in the mud when she slipped, and I once gave a bit too much oomph while hopping on a mule before a show and ended up hanging off the other side of the saddle.
Unfortunately, not all accidents are quite so… humorous. So now, I never ride without my driver’s license, my insurance card, and my cell phone with ICE info in the contacts. I also make a point to tell those I’m with where they’ll find the information.
- Emergency Contacts: Husband, Parents, and their contact information
- Insurance carrier: Name of carrier, Group #, Member ID
- Emergency travel benefit: Phone numbers, General description of benefit.
- Medical Notes: Wears contacts, No known drug allergies
Even if you play it safe, it’s still a great idea to keep an ICE entry in your cell phone’s contact list. Because let’s face it, you just never know.