More Numbers You Should Add To Your Emergency Contacts Group

More Numbers You Should Add To Your Emergency Contacts Group

By now you hopefully have at least one contact in your phone’s address book labelled as ICE (in case of emergency). In addition to this person, you might want to create an ICE group for quick access to all sorts of support you might need.

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CBS Los Angeles lists five important numbers to put in that group, which would make finding them easy in case of an emergency when every second counts: local police and fire station, a trusted neighbour, poison information, home insurance company, and your doctor.

Other numbers you might consider adding include numbers for auto insurance claims, babysitter, gas leak and electrical outages report hotlines, and your credit cards (in case they get lost or stolen). If you have a long list, you can group them by type of emergency.

5 Most Important Contacts to Have During an Emergency [CBS Los Angeles]


  • As an emergency services worker, this ICE thing has never once been useful to me. First because most people’s phones are locked. The other reason is it is normally pretty obvious who to call in a phone based off the messages or recent call list.

    If it is really serious someone will be going to their home address instead of calling anyway. What would be more useful is if people used the medical ID information in their iPhone. You can add a contact there.

  • My “ICE” info is taped to the back of my phone case with a nice tasteful label, so that it is available even if my battery has worn down. Of course, people would have to know to look there, but… Those of us who live alone have to be more careful than others, regarding letting the things on us do the talking, because we’re less likely to have people around us to do the talking.

  • I’m not sure about all phones – but on my Samsung S4 you don’t need to unlock the screen to access the ICE list, otherwise it wouldn’t be of any use in an emergency

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