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I. C. E.

ICE …. It’s essential !

No, sorry, this isn’t an article about how to improve the serving and enjoyment of cider or another favourite tipple … it is one that, I hope, will make everyone sit up and think twice.

You’ve all probably heard of the ICE card (endorsed by Simon Weston) whereby an Emergency Contact Service advises up to 3 of your nearest and dearest, and provides essential medical information to the emergency services, in the event of an accident (www.icecontact.com).

Have you considered that such an arrangement could be of use if you had an accident whilst out and about - with colleagues, friends or even other group members?   Have a think about it - how many of them would actually know who was important and how to contact them should there be an accident?  

Yes, they may know the location of your home, but not necessarily the street name or actual house number.  They may know your partner’s name but not necessarily your home phone number, and probably not your partner’s mobile nor their work telephone number.  It is possible that your mobile number is the only method of contact known to them.

One alternative suggestion, which has the backing of many organisations, is having ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) entries in your mobile phone or even carrying a homemade ICE card on yourself or in/on your vehicle.   In this way you could identify more than the 3 telephone numbers to which you are restricted by the ICE Emergency Contact Service, but you wouldn’t have any of the confidential medical details that they could supply.

You could enter, as indeed I have, a number of  ICE contacts in your mobile - with additions to show which entries are linked (eg. ICE 1,  ICE 1 mob,  ICE 1 work,  ICE 2, etc).  This system can also identify the order of importance for each contact … you could even have an entry for ‘Dr’ (possibly even your NHS number) which could be a route for obtaining any essential medical details.

I am not in any way decrying the ICE Emergency Contact Service by suggesting that it is an extreme arrangement.  It might be that it is more suitable as it is hassle-free and because of the additional features/services offered along with the secure, confidential storage of contact numbers and medical information - available 24 / 7 / 365.  Bear in mind that any details could be accessed if you opt for the ‘homemade’ ICE listing on your mobile/a card in your pocket.  

Whichever system you decide on, I would encourage everyone to spare more than just a passing glance at these ICE suggestions – you never know, they might even save your life!

The bike committee would like to encourage riders to ensure that everyone has their emergency contact details accessible (in case there is an incident which requires such information) whenever they are attending a ride out.

Judith Williams
GGAM Bike Committee