[A] simple initiative, conceived by a paramedic in Britain, has gained momentum on both sides of the Atlantic … . Cell users are being urged to put the acronym ICE -- 'in case of emergency' -- before the names of the people they want to designate as next of kin in their cell address book, creating entries such as 'ICE -- Dad' or 'ICE -- Alison.'Instead of putting ICE in front of a name I want to designate, I created a new ICE listing.
As usual, the Bush administration is right on target.
Kathleen Montgomery, deputy press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, said she did not have any comment on the matter because it was not the department's idea. Instead, she recommended that citizens look at the department's emergency preparedness site, Ready.Gov. The site recommends that next-of-kin details and other emergency information be kept on a "family contingency plan" sheet that can be downloaded from the site.