Walking is a relatively low risk activity and an active lifestyle makes us all healthier and more productive. However, you should always be prepared to expect the unexpected. Accidents DO happen. Within our group in recent years, we have had a couple of serious incidents/accidents that have required first responder medical assistance.
That is why we are advising all members to carry an ICE card (In Case of Emergency) card within their rucksack. Some groups insist on this. In Case of Emergency cards allow walkers to fill in their emergency contact details and important medical information. Walkers should keep ICE cards in an accessible place so that if something should happen on a walk, the walk leader or emergency services know about any medical conditions and who to contact.
Top 5 Reasons To Carry ICE Cards
In an emergency, you may not be able to speak. ICE cards communicate your most important information.
ICE cards enable first-responders to contact your family, friends, or other care-givers, who can provide further medical information and directions.
ICE cards can communicate medical conditions, allergies, medications, and other important information.
ICE cards provide peace of mind, to you and to your loved ones. By carrying an ICE card you are not only protecting yourself you are protecting the ones that care about you.
ICE cards are durable, and highly visible. In an emergency, first-responders often do not have time to fumble through a mobile phone, which is invariably locked, or search through a wallet or purse to find your information.
Heather has a supply of laminated ICE cards which she will provide if you contact her. Once completed, they would remain personal and private to you and would only ever be used should the need arise.
Click on the In Case of Emergency Card under documents to download a copy of the card