I came upon some information that could be life-saving so I want to share it with you.  Your iPhone has a place where emergency personnel can get important information without needing your passcode.  It took just a few minutes to enter my information and now I feel better knowing, in case of emergency, rescuers could get my blood type, find out about my medication allergies, and call my family.

Apparently in times of tragedy, it can be hard for medical workers to access this important information because they can't get past the lock screens.  By following the steps below, you'll be able to enter your information in the Health App (the white app with the heart symbol) and then the info will be visible on the emergency screen.

The following information comes from Apple's support site:  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203037

Set up your Medical ID

To make your important health information accessible in case of emergencies, you can set up a Medical ID on your iPhone. To add emergency contacts and health information like your birth date, height, and blood type, tap Medical ID > Edit.

Turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen. In an emergency, this gives people who want to help some important information, like the emergency contacts that you've entered."


Here's how you can check to make sure all your information will show in an emergency.  After you've entered your details in the Health app, get yourself to the "Touch ID or Enter Passcode" screen.  On the lower left you'll see the word "Emergency."   Touch that and you will be taken to a white screen.  There on the bottom left you will touch "Medical ID" and see all the info you have entered.

It goes without saying, but I hope none of us ever has to use this phone feature.  But if we do, I'd like to think this data entry will help in a time of crisis.

Do Android phones have a similar feature that can be used in case of emergency?  If you know, please share instructions in the Comments section.  You'll be helping people all over Ocean and Monmouth Counties.  Thanks.


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