According to a release announcing the program, “a ‘yellow dot’ in the rear window of your vehicle (that) 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.”
Information regarding children and grandchildren that may be riding in the car may also be provided.
“This is a good program,” Kilgore said Wednesday. “Years ago, during my paramedic days, I really wish we had had something like this.”
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, was on hand as well.
The yellow dot stickers are available after Wednesday at the sheriff’s office and any of the participating agencies.
Turnout Wednesday morning was somewhat sparse, probably due to the rainy weather, but Kilgore pointed out that the stickers and information forms were still available after the kickoff event was over.
According to a press release issued Wednesday, the yellow dot program was first instituted in Connecticut in 2002, with funding provided through a local bank. The Alabama pilot program was set up in Etowah County in 2009, and grant funds were made available through ADECA to expand the program throughout the state later that year. Additional grants were awarded to expand the program over the next three years.
In 2012, the program was the recipient of the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award, bestowed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.