TV and Film writer/producer Laura Greenwald, who spearheads the ICE (In Case of Emergency) safety campaign, which is a free downloadable kit with directions on how to ICE any phone or electronic devices, making all your emergency information and contacts available to doctors and first responders, should you or a loved one, not be able to speak. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; simply up-load the kit and fill in the information. It not only helps with medical treatment, it notifies designated family/friends, and even serves to protect businesses by notifying a designated colleague that can step in and cover in a key personnel's absents.
Lorre White, "The Luxury Guru" has teamed up with Laura Greenwald to help spread the word about ICEing your phone, to the luxury consumer sector. To help accomplish this Laura designed a special Luxury Guru downloadable kit with directions on how to ICE any cell phone. The link is: www.getyourstufftogether.com/luxuryguru.htm
Laura Greenwald is the daughter half of one of the only mother/daughter writing teams in the entertainment industry. They began their career in production at studios including Lorimar, Warner Bros and Universal, until they segued into screen and television writing. Bringing a unique two-generational voice to their work, Laura and Janet upcoming motion picture and television projects include the features “Without Consent," “The System,” and one hour series “Reach for the Stars,” “Capitol Hill,” “Hidden Agenda,” and “Anachronism,” through their company Lion And The Rock Entertainment.
A note from Laura Greenwald:
As a writer/producer, one of my favorite things about developing a new movie or television series is the team that comes along with it. It's so nice to have people around to handle the little things, whether it's putting together production schedules or making sure my contacts are synced up to my smartphone.
Conversely, it's so easy to get used to having people to handle everything for you, that it's simple to overlook the things you really do need to do for yourself. Like set up an ICE Contact on your phone. Or to make sure that you have everything you need at your fingertips to handle an emergency, whether you're with your staff or completely alone.
After writing three books that have kept thousands of families and their keepsakes safe and sound, heading up business continuity planning for the Wealth Management department of a Fortune 500 bank and having been through some pretty hairy situations of our own, my writing partner and I have learned one thing.
You never know when or where you'll be, when you suddenly need to put your ICE Contact, a backup of your computer data or the emergency number of your country's embassy into action.
Which is why Lorre White graciously invited us to put together some of our favorite tips to help and your family stay safe and secure no matter what you're doing, or where you are in the world.
As a special gift we are offering something an exclusive downloadable Kit just for Luxury Guru readers, designed to help busy people put ICE Contacts on their phones – including Vertu, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy – in minutes, with all of the information necessary to communicate you and your family's specific needs. The best part is, it includes Lorre's one-of-a-kind Luxury Guru Graphic. www.getyourstufftogether.com/luxuryguru.htm
Here are a few tips on staying safe, no matter where your travels take you.
- Preprogram the emergency number for the country you'll be visiting into your phone before you leave, along with local numbers for your country's embassy and any other emergency assistance numbers.
- Always leave an assistant, a colleague and your spouse (or if he or she is going with you, a close relative) a copy of your itinerary with local contact numbers. Be sure to send updates if that information changes.
- Carry two portable chargers for your smartphone and other electronic devices with you at all times, ensuring that one of them is always completely charged. If cell phone service is spotty in that country, you might also consider purchasing a device that turns your smartphone into a satellite phone, like the Spot Connect Satellite.
- Put four ICE Contacts on your smartphone. The first should be your spouse or significant other, the second a close relative or friend. The third contact should be your attorney or business manager and the fourth, a business partner or colleague who can attend to matters if you are temporarily incapacitated or in a location where telecommunications are down. Name the first two ICE Medical 1 and 2, then name the others ICE Legal and ICE Business.
- Have your staff scan all of your vital documents, treasured photos (both family and business), keepsakes, awards and anything else that is important to you and place the scans on portable hard drives in at least three secure locations. If you haven't already done so, place the originals of your vital documents in a waterproof/fireproof location.
- Make sure that the members of your immediate family have ICE Contacts on their phones, as well as any electronic devices that they usually carry, such as an iPod Touch or smart watches. And if you want to go one step further, have them place a link to a synopsis of their medical history synopsis into the contact, that an emergency physician can use to treat them until a family member arrives on scene. If you don't already have your own, you can get medical history forms on our blog or in our book Get Your Stuff Together.
- Make sure that you have your spouse's emergency information in your phone and vice versa, in case you ever need it quickly.
- If your spouse and children are travelling with you in an unfamiliar country, consider downloading the Find My Friends app. All you have to do is add their smartphones to the app and you'll be able to see exactly where they are, along with directions to their location.
- Always give yourself a way out. As much as you appreciate your staff, don't assume they'll always be right there to help you deal with an emergency situation. You got where you are today because of your strong skill set in strategic thinking and planning. All you have to do is apply those same skills to ensure that you have the tools you need to deal with any situation that arises.
Laura and her mother Janet created the cutting-edge organization system that they have detailed in their books "Get Your Stuff Together," www.getyourstufftogether.com, and "Keep This Book In Your iPhone" http://www.getyourstufftogether.com/keepbookiphone.htm, and “Notify In 7” https://www.createspace.com/5150188 as well as their upcoming book "The Backup Plan 3.0". They are designed to help people get the information and items they need, keepsakes they treasure and people they love, through nearly any emergency in one piece, and back to living their normal lives, as quickly and painlessly as possible.