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Keep emergency contacts handy

October 23, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

An accident or tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye, and when it does, we might not always be able to get in touch with our loved ones.

That is why the Weirton Woman's Club has been spending the last several months working with some of our area's emergency responders to educate the community on the I.C.E. program.

The idea is to include an emergency contact stored in your cell phone - labeled I.C.E. or In Case of Emergency - so police, fire or emergency medical technicians can contact someone on our behalf if we are, for example, injured in a car accident or suffering from a medical emergency.

Members of the Weirton Woman's Club, as well as representatives of the Weirton Fire Department and the Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad, have informational packets which include a special sticker to place on your cell phone or in your car to alert responders to the existence of such a contact number.

WAARS personnel have been passing out the packets to anyone requesting one, and the Weirton Fire Department recently incorporated the packets into its fire prevention program, which meets with approximately 1,500 local grade school students each October.

We applaud all those involved in helping to spread this important message and hope our residents make the efforts to include an I.C.E. number among their contacts.

It just may save your life.

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