PHILADELPHIA, Pa., January 9, 2012- ICEdot, an emergency identification and notification service, will today launch its Yellow ICEdot program in Philadelphia. The safety service is available for free to all residents of the city. It is designed for motorists and provides identification, emergency contact information and critical health information at the scene of an accident. Under the direction of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia is the first city in the U.S. to offer this service to all of its residents at no cost.
All Philadelphia residents will receive a Yellow ICEdot sticker and registration information in their January water bill. Residents can also secure a sticker at their neighborhood fire station or library.
ICEdot stands for In Case of Emergency. The Yellow ICEdot program refers to the yellow sticker that residents will place in the rearview window of their car to alert first responders that their emergency identification information is located in their glove compartment.
“As the New Year begins, I encourage every Philadelphian to protect themselves and their loved ones by signing up for ICEdot,” said Mayor Nutter. “Should you or a loved one be involved in an accident, first responders can access valuable medical and personal information with ICEdot that could save your life. The City of Philadelphia’s Fire and Police Departments are working very closely with ICEdot on the launch of this program, and all of the city’s first responders are being trained to look for the Yellow ICEdot sticker at the scene of an accident. I’m proud to offer the Yellow ICEdot program here in Philadelphia.”
Residents can increase their safety and take advantage of the Yellow ICEdot program in just a few easy steps:
- Secure a Yellow ICEdot sticker in your January water bill or at your neighborhood fire station or library
- Log onto the ICEdot website at www.icedot.org to create your free emergency response profile
- Print out the profile and place it in the glove compartment of your car.
- Place the Yellow ICEdot sticker on the lower-left driver’s-side corner of your car’s rear window
When first responders see the ICEdot sticker on a car’s rear window, they know to look in the glove compartment for the emergency response profile. The profile allows first responders to more quickly and accurately administer proper treatment to the injured and notify your loved ones in a timely manner. A detailed overview of how Yellow ICEdot works can be found at http://ICEdot.org/site/how-it-works/.
A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report cited that Philadelphia residents are 60 percent more likely to get into a car accident compared to the rest of the nation. According to ICEdot CEO Chris Zenthoefer, this statistic affirms that the Yellow ICEdot program is critical in Philadelphia.
“Philadelphia is a city that can really benefit from the Yellow ICEdot program,” said Zenthoefer. “Accident statistics show a need for quick and accurate medical attention and having the yellow sticker placed prominently on your car can mean the difference between life and death for individuals involved in an automobile accident. We are happy to be able to offer this new service to Philadelphia residents.”
Residents who don’t own a vehicle can still benefit from the Yellow ICEdot program. Individuals can also place the yellow sticker on the front door of their home and post the emergency response profile on their refrigerator. This can be especially helpful for senior citizens involved in a medical emergency.
In addition to the Yellow ICEdot program, ICEdot also offers a premium emergency identification and notification service for a $10 a year membership. Additional ICEdot identifiers include the ICEdot Snap which attaches to clothing, as well as stickers, key fobs, wristbands and bracelets. ICEdot identifiers utilize the Internet, mobile applications and SMS technology to quickly identify a patient, relay important medical information, provide and notify emergency contacts in the case of any accident or medical incident.
The Yellow ICEdot program will launch today at 2 pm in the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall. Mayor Nutter, Zenthoefer, Deputy Commissioner Ernest Hargett of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross will all be on hand to discuss the Yellow ICEdot program. There will be visuals of the ICEdot sticker and examples of the water bill inserts residents will receive. There will also be a quick demonstration of the registration process. All speakers will be available for photographs and interviews.
All ICEdot press inquiries can be directed to Holly Mantle at 215.825.9633 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about ICEdot’s services, please call 918.592.3722 or visit www.icedot.org. ICEdot can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ICEdotCommunity and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ICEdotCommunity.
Founded in 2009 as Invisible Bracelet (iB), ICEdot offers a full range of emergency identification and notification services. ICEdot, which stands for In Case of Emergency, utilizes the Internet, mobile applications and SMS technology to quickly identify a patient, relay important medical information and provide emergency contacts in the case of any accident or medical incident. The company’s medical emergency services and products include ICEdot Snap, ID jewelry, the Yellow ICEdot sticker and ICE.events. For more information about ICEdot and its services, please visit icedot.org or call 918.592.3722.