County to participate in ‘yellow dot’ program

by Carol Thompson

A new program being promoted by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association could help emergency responders provide better medical care immediately after a car crash or any other emergency.

The goal of the “Yellow Dot” program is “to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention” by having drivers store basic medical information in the glove compartments of their cars.

Started in Connecticut in 2002, the program has begun to spread nationally. Approximately 30 counties in New York State participate in the program that is free to both residents and the county.

Free kits are available that contain a medical information card and a Yellow Dot decal. Participants complete the card, attach a recent photo and place it in the glove compartment of their vehicle. Participants then place the Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window to let first responders know to look for the information.

The service is also available to those placing the sticker near the front door of their home and the medical information is placed in the freezer.

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