August 16, 2012
Schenectady County residents can provide first responders with essential information at the scene of an emergency even when unable to talk for themselves.
Schenectady County Sheriff Dagostino on Thursday, Aug. 9, announced the county is offering the Yellow Dot program to local residents. The free program is designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during the first “golden hour” after a car crash or other emergency.
“The Yellow Dot program will save lives by giving first responders vital medical information and saving time,” Dagostino said in a statement.
The Yellow Dot kit contains medical information and a recent photos of the driver and is placed in the glove compartment of vehicles. First responders are alerted to the medical information card by placing a Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window.
The Yellow Dot kit could also be used at home by placing a decal near the door, with the completed medical card stored in a baggie in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.
The program is a joint effort of The New York State Sheriffs’ Association and 58 county sheriffs. The program launched statewide in June.
“When you can’t speak for yourself, Yellow Dot can speak for you” Peter Kehoe, executive director of the Sheriffs’ Association, said in a statement.
Locally, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association fund the program. The free service is available to individuals of all ages and the Sheriff’s Office is distributing program kits to the public.
A kit can be mailed to you by contacting Community Resource Officer David Leffingwell at 388-4596 ext. 5147 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by contacting Lt. Jason Temple at 388-4512 or emailing email@example.com.
For information on the program visit www.nysheriffs.org/yellowdot.