Yellow Dot sign-up will be held Thursday

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Increasing effectiveness of medical care after a motor vehicle crash is the theme of a “Yellow Dot” sign-up event and news conference March 21 at 10 a.m.

The event will be held at Jemison’s Municipal Complex and police chiefs from Clanton, Jemison, Maplesville and Thorsby along with the local Department of Human Resources (DHR) will team up to introduce the program.

Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety office program coordinator for Yellow Dot Lora Weaver introduced the program on Feb. 12 as an effort to get the program started within the county.

Weaver explained the program is designated to assist Alabama citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile accident or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle.

The program provides detailed medical information, as well as a “yellow dot folder” with an information form showing the individuals’ name, information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and medications being used.

Those who participate in the program are asked to place a “Yellow Dot” decal on the driver’s side rear window of a vehicle alerting first responders to check in the glove compartment for corresponding information that is often crucial following a crash.

Currently, 51 counties in Alabama participate in the program.

Although the program is often geared toward senior citizens and residents with medical conditions, the event will be free and open to all ages.

For more information, contact: Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell at (205) 755-1194, Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer at (205) 688-4491, Maplesville Police Chief Todd Ingram at (334) 366-4212, Thorsby Police Chief Rodney Barnett at (205) 646-3555 or Cathy Stephens (DHR) at (205) 280-2000.