What Is An ICE Contact?

When you first look at the “ice contact” distinction you may not see an acronym at first. This type of number isn’t a phone number people keep for buying diamonds or jewelry. It isn’t the number of Jack Frost. And it isn’t a contact listing for a service that delivers big bags of ice.

An I.C.E. contact is actually a “in-case-of-emergency” number in someone’s cell phone. Most people don’t think in terms of what if with the day-to-day risks posed to their own health. Those that do, probably don’t take any steps to err on the side of precaution.

The practice of using this ICE contact has been universally adopted. A number of campaigns has fueled its usage. The idea of having an “in case of emergency” contact has been publicized by USA Today, Snopes, and LifeHacker. The government has launched campaigns as well on sites like Ready.gov. Since cell phone usage took off in the 90’s, if a phone was lost, or a phones owner was in an accident and could not place a call, a person’s contacts were used in a CSI manner to get word to someone. A phone would be returned because of a “home” contact, a mother would be reunited with a child because of a “mom” contact and a “wife” contact was used to alert and ask for on-the-scene medical info about penicillin allergy.

The use of an ICE contact blankets everything in the event something happens and someone needs to be alerted.