These days, you can store practically all of your computer information on your cell phone – from your entire music collection to the latest dog-riding-a-skateboard video. You can also use your mobile device as a safety net in case of emergency. Take five minutes right now to tap these important numbers into your contact list so you'll be prepared if something happens.
ICE − This number, which stands for "in case of emergency," should be your emergency contact – a parent, spouse, close friend or whomever you want notified if something happens to you. Many emergency responders and hospital personnel know to look for this number.
Home − Your home phone number, if you have one. If someone finds your lost cell phone, he or she can call this number to let you know your phone is intact. Emergency personnel may also try it as an alternative number if there is no answer at the ICE number.
Police − In case you have an emergency or witness someone else who needs help, you can notify your local police station about the situation more rapidly if you already have the number stored in your phone.
State highway patrol − See a motorist stranded by the side of the road? Be a good Samaritan and call the state highway patrol for assistance.
Insurance company − If you’re in an accident, you can notify your insurance company right away and get roadside assistance or towing help if you need it. (Nationwide's toll-free number for claims is 1-800-421-3535.)
Your motor club − Membership in an auto club can get you out of a jam. Store their 800 number in your cell phone in case you lock your keys inside the car or get a flat tire. If you have Nationwide Roadside Assistance, that number is 1-800-421-3535.
A word about 911 and cell phones
While technology continues to improve, many wireless phones do not offer a way to determine a caller's location. If you call 911 in an emergency, be sure to mention your location, your phone number and what has happened.