Happy 2014!! Woot Woot!!

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Posted 12 Jan 2014 in Announcements, Featured, Soulville, Technology

Happy New Year everyone!! We hope that this 12th day of 2014 finds all of you having an awesome year so far. There are about 353 days left in the year so how will we spend them? We at ThePinkC know we’re up for an adventure! This random posting and barrage of fall posts might be our continued pattern this year. Life happens and we’re trying to enjoy life so we hope it works for you all to see some infrequent posting. We’re not Ellie, even though we try to keep her vision going, and we’ve had to admit this to ourselves. But we hope that you’ll enjoy the content we do have to share and will give us feedback for what you wish to see in the near future.

Happy New Year !Creative Commons License photo credit: Paul Tridon

In this new year, we know that many of you have set goals and resolutions for what you want to accomplish this year. Saving money, doing better in school, getting the coolest new Android device, sleeping in on the weekends. Those are all very noteworthy. But we’d like everyone to add one more goal that can be done in less than 30 minutes. How about that for feeling better about you?

The Goal – Add an In Case of Emergency or ICE app to your smartphone and complete the information to the best of your ability

Cost – Free. Not to mention, it could save your life some day.

Why do it? – We never know when we’ll be in an emergency, but we almost always have our phone with us. In an emergency, you may not be able to talk and share the info so having it on your phone, and particularly on your lock screen, will help first responders give you the best care possible and notify your emergency contacts. Some ICE apps also help enable your phone for SMART911 so you can have emergency responders know exactly where you are when you call 911 from your cell phone.

Our suggested app – We’ve reviewed a few ICE apps before, but this year we’re putting our full backing behind ICE Standard. It is available on Android and iOS and there are versions for Blackberry and Windows phone in development.

HarriMac was the guinea pig for this one and even with a number of meds to enter and a few medical conditions to enter, it took her approximately 10 minutes to enter all of her information. To be fair, she already kept her info pulled together on her phone so it may take you a few minutes to read info off of prescription bottles or from another place you have it written. If you make a free account, you can also set up the SMART911 through the app AND sync it online. She was not able to install it on her Android tablet which would have been nice, but it is compatible with Android phones.

Check out these screen shots:

Why be worried the rest of the year? Find an app that works for you and go ahead and set it up. Then go out and have an adventure! Take the time you have to do the stuff you love!

What app do you use? Is there another way you keep your emergency info with you? Let us know in the comments!

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