According to a release announcing the program, “a ‘yellow dot’ in the rear window of your vehicle will alert all first responders to vital information in your glove compartment.” Information should include name, emergency contact information, medical history, allergies, names of doctors and other relevant health information.
“Having this information will help to ensure that you receive the medical attention you need during that first ‘golden hour’ after a crash or other emergency involving your vehicle,” according to the release. “The ‘yellow dot’ program is a cooperative effort between local police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, emergency medical services, local fire departments and senior centers to assist Talladega County citizens in time of need, when they might not be able to help themselves.”
Chief Deputy Ken Flowers pointed out that the program would also be useful for parents and grandparents who frequently have small children in the car with them. If the adult in the car is injured, the information could include contact information and who needs to take care of the children while the adult is being treated.
Participating agencies in Talladega include the sheriff’s office (north and south divisions), Talladega fire station one, Lincoln fire station one and the Sylacauga and Childersburg fire departments. Laura Weaver, the state coordinator for the Yellow Dot program, will also be on hand.
The yellow dot stickers are available free of charge to drivers of all ages. They can be picked up at the sheriff’s office and any of the participating agencies.
The release says “there will be a representative available at the Talladega County Sheriff’s investigation office training room to assist you with signing up.”
Kilgore said he was excited about the launch. “I think this is a really good program, and it will save lives. I can remember many years ago rolling up on wrecks where the driver couldn’t verbalize what they needed. It’s important for people to take advantage of this, and the information available is not limited to what’s on the form. Anything you think might be important for the first responders to know.”
For more information, please call Janice Phillips at 256-761-2009.