Getting Comfortable With The Basics

ICE = In Case of Emergency

Use your mobile phone as an identity bracelet.  

ICE stands for “in case of emergency,” and it’s what emergency responders have been taught to look for if someone needs medical attention. What if that person is you? Where is your ICE info? One of the most accessible and most convenient places to keep emergency information is on your smartphone so that someone can see it without having to unlock your phone. Make sure you and everyone in your family have ICE info on their phone.

  • Give emergency responders the information they need to care for you and notify your family if you are unresponsive.
  • Learn what ICE can do and how to find it on someone else’s phone.
  • What information will emergency personnel need?
    • Your name
    • Your emergency contact(s)
    • Any medical conditions – diabetes, asthma, pacemaker, etc.
    • Drug allergies
    • Current medications
    • Blood type
  • Your phone has a password.  What now?
    • Lock Screen options
    • Built-in Apps on Android and iPhone
  • Updating your Contact List
  • Be sure all family members are aware of ICE and how to find it
  • To set up, you will need the following.
    • Your mobile phone
    • Apple ID and password for iPhones
    • ID and password for Android phones
    • List of critical medications, allergies, blood type, and emergency contact info.

How to set up your Medical ID on iPhone    Apple Support Video

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Summary tab.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.
  3. Under your profile picture, tap Medical ID.
  4. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  5. To make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen on your iPhone, turn on Show When Locked. In an emergency, this gives information to people who want to help. To share your Medical ID with emergency responders, turn on Share During Emergency Call. When you call or send a text to emergency services on your iPhone or Apple Watch, your Medical ID will automatically be shared with emergency services.
  6. Enter health information like your date of birth, allergies, and blood type.
  7. Tap Done.

How to edit iPhone emergency contacts

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Summary tab.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.
  3. Under your profile picture, Tap Medical ID.
  4. Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  5. Tap the Plus button next to “add an emergency contact.” Tap a contact, then add their relationship.
  6. To remove an emergency contact, tap the Delete button next to the contact, then tap Delete.
  7. Tap Done.

Android Instructions:

Put a message on your Android phone lock screen

Open the Settings app, then go to Display > Advanced > Lock screen > Add text to lock screen > Type your message then click “Save”.

Show “Emergency Information” from your Android phone’s lock screen  (Android 7 and above)

You can add a link to personal “Emergency Information” to your device’s lock screen. For example, you can add info to help first responders in an emergency, like your blood type, allergies, and medications.

To add info:
  1. Open your device’s Settings app. Settings app
  2. Choose “About phone”
  3. Click “Emergency information”.
  4. Enter the information that you want to share.
    • For medical information, tap to Edit
    • For emergency contacts, tap “Add contact” for as many as you want to list.

To see info in an emergency:

  • On a locked screen, swipe up.
  • Tap Emergency.
  • Tap Emergency information.
  • When Emergency information flashes, tap it again.

If your phone model does show the exact steps above search for ICE in the setting areea.


Helpful links


How to Add an Emergency Contact to Your Phone’s Lock Screen by PCMagazine

This one tech trick could help save your life. Here’s how to make sure you and your family members have emergency medical information readily available.

ICE stands for “in case of emergency,” and it’s what many of us have been taught to look for if someone needs medical attention. Well, what if that person is you? Where is your ICE info? One of the easiest and most convenient places to keep emergency information is on your smartphone.