Agency Introduces Yellow Dot Program

 

By Undersheriff John Ball

(Wampsville, NY – June 2012) Sheriff Allen Riley and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association are partnering to offer Yellow Dot, a free program that provides vital medical information to first responders. In an effort to better serve and protect the citizens of Madison County, Riley is promoting the program, which launched in 30 counties across the state last week.

Yellow Dot is a free program designed to help first-responders provide life-saving medical attention during the first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency. Yellow Dot was started in Connecticut in 2002 by People’s United Bank. Originally developed for senior citizens, the program can be used by anyone of any age.

“When you can’t speak for yourself, Yellow Dot can speak for you,” said Peter Kehoe, executive director of the Sheriffs’ Association.

The Yellow Dot kit contains a medical information card and a Yellow Dot decal. Participants complete the card, attach a recent photo, place it in the glove compartment of their vehicle, and place the Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window.

First-responders arriving at the scene of a vehicle emergency will be alerted by the Yellow Dot decal to look for the medical information card in the glove compartment.

“The Yellow Dot kit can also be used at home,” Riley said. “Residents would apply the decal on or near the front door, alerting first-responders that the resident has the information in the freezer compartment of their refrigerator. The Yellow Dot will save lives by giving first-responders vital medical information and saving time. Fire Departments and EMS providers in Madison County are aware of this program and where the information can be located in an emergency situation.”

Funded by Riley and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, the Yellow Dot Program is a free service available to individuals of all ages. The Madison County Sheriff’s office will distribute Yellow Dot kits to the public during business hours at the Madison County Public Safety Building in Wampsville, as well as field offices located in Munnsville, Morrisville, Earlville and DeRuyter. Kits will be mailed by visiting by request made to nysheriffs.org/yellowdot.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1934 for the purpose of assisting sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of sheriffs’ services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New York state.

John Ball is undersheriff for Madison County.

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