Disasters & Bioterrorism

readyIn Case of Emergency (ICE)…

The Genesee County Health Department wants to urge residents to store the word ICE in their mobile phone address books and enter the number of the person to contact in case of emergency.  The ICE acronym allows emergency officials to quickly access the right names from a cell phone's address book.  It can save valuable time, since many people identify family members only by name in their cell, making them indistinguishable from other entries.

Follow these hints to get the best out of ICE:

 Additional Resources
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American Red Cross 
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 
Federal Emergency Management Agency 
 Get Ready Gear
NYS Department of Health 
NYS Office of Homeland Security 
NYS Office of Emergency Management 
Ready Genesee 
Salvation Army
U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
U.S. Food & Drug Administration 
      • Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE partner.
      • Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf - including your place of work.
      • Make sure your ICE person's number is one that's easy to contact, for example a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time.
      • Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment - for example allergies or current medication.
      • Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorized to make decision on your behalf - for example if you need a life or death operation.
      • Should your preferred contact be deaf, then prefix the number with ICETEXT.
      • For more than one contact name, type ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, and so on.


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For more information on Disasters & Bioterrorism, please contact the Genesee County Health Department at (585) 344-2580 ext 5000.