At our women’s roundtable discussion, several tips on the topic of safety were suggested. Here’s one from the roundtable plus a safety device for young children I came across yesterday.

We’ve probably all heard of ICE (In case of emergency) numbers on our cell phones. One woman reminded us about ICE numbers. Her suggestions:

  • Both she and her spouse each have three ICE numbers – the spouse plus two other family members.
  • Use ICE as the name display, not the person’s name. If your cell phone were lost or stolen and the person’s name was visible, the caller could impersonate an emergency worker and ask for personal information leading to identity theft and your family member would think it was legitimate. It would seem like you have actually given them their name and asked them to call.

I came across another safety device that is a must have if you travel with young children or grandchildren. It’s called Spot Me ID. In a campground, amusement park or shopping where there are lots of people and they could get separated from you, the Spot Me ID lanyards, wrist bracelets or waterproof tattoos have your cell phone number written on them. They have a cute spotted dog on them, which is animated on the lanyards and bracelets.

One other safety tip: when you leave your RV carry information saying where your RV is. The RV park may have a card and you can write your space number in it. Or on your own business card, on the back, date it and write the name of the park and space number and put it inside your wallet or purse. If you have pets, indicate that too.

Safe travels!

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

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  2. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

    That’s a great service to your community. Parents in other areas would be wise to suggest this to their CVP/Sheriff Depts. Thanks for mentioning this. I would imagine a parent could make up something similar to carry with them- then laminate it.


  3. Roger T. Valinoti

    I belong to the Burney Citizen Vol. Patrol (CVP) under the direction of the Shasta County Sheriffs Department. This month our task is to create a finger print card with all pertinent information with a current school picture attached. Every two years we go to the pre and elem. schools in the Inter mountain area and do fingerprinting for the new students to the schools. Each child goes home with a 9X11″ manila envelope with the print card inside and the parents are urged to fill in the rest of the info and include a recent picture. No information is kept by either the CVP or the Sheriffs Dept. This manila envelope would be very helpful if a child happened to be seperated from his or her parents while RVing away from home.
    Roger T. Valinoti
    Lt. Burney CVP

  4. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

    That is an excellent suggestion to have your ICE contacts to provide a number to verify it is a legitimate caller.

    The reason it was suggested to not put the person’s name in the ICE line was that a caller who was not legitimate could not call them by name. If they called you by name, it would be more likely that your ICE contact would think they had spoken to you. Since some people would tend to panic if they got a call from someone who said you were injured or in an accident, they might not stop to question whether or not it was legitimate. Not being called by name might make them stop before they give out personal information.

    Preparing your ICE contacts as you suggest is another way to make sure your personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Thanks!


  5. Pam Rank

    I have had ICE numbers for several years now. However, I am not understanding the reasoning for not using the person’s real name since the person holding the phone has your ICE phone numbers. If they are bogus and want personal information, all they have to do is say that the phone only contains the name ICE. I have instructed my ICE contacts to ask the caller to give tmy contact a number to call to verify that they are legitimate – like the fire department or hospital. In the event they can’t/won’t they will not give out any personal information other than if I have a medical allergy or if I’m on any medications.