As parents of college students, we’ve all heard those statements, often accompanied by an eye roll, too many times to count.
But when safety is at stake, we have to ignore the eye rolls and the sarcastic statements, and do what we feel is best for our children.
When we pack them off to college, we remind them of all the safety information we’ve been drumming into them for years. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t do drugs. Don’t have unprotected sex. Don’t hang out with questionable people. Don’t drive like a maniac. And so on.
Another step, however, is often missed. If, despite all your warnings, something were to happen to your child and he became ill or injured, can first-responders, emergency rooms, or police departments (heaven forbid) find you immediately? If your child is unable to speak, can you still be located quickly?
Sure, she carries a driver’s license and a cell phone. But a driver’s license doesn’t tell anyone who to contact In Case of Emergency (ICE), nor does it contain any important medical information. Storing emergency numbers in a phone is a good idea, but it might not be enough for many reasons. Important information, such as medical conditions, allergies, and medications may not be able to be stored in your phone in a clear location.
More importantly, in many emergency situations (such as a car accident or other major event) the phone can be hard to find, its battery may die or be dead, or it may be completely broken. Many phones have password or fingerprint locks, so the information is completely inaccessible.
Many college students don’t live in the same state as their parents. Some don’t have the same last name as their parents do. The task of locating parents or other emergency contacts can be overwhelming in an emergency.
At ICE gear we offer high quality, permanently printed, personalized In Case of Emergency contact cards and tags at a very reasonable price. There is room on the card for up to 8 telephone numbers, on the tags for up to 4 contact numbers. There is also room for important medical and other information. With a personalized ICE card or ICE tags, first-responders, your child’s friends, or good Samaritans will be able to contact you at once if your child becomes ill or is in an accident.
When you tell your college student they must carry an ICE card in their wallet or purse, or hang their ICE tags on their backpacks and gym bags, they may roll their eyes and say, “seriously??”. But when safety is at stake, we have to do what we feel is best for our children!