OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd is pleased to announce a new program that is designed to assist people in an emergency that may not be able to communicate.
“In conjunction with the State Sheriff’s Association, I am pleased to announce that my office is helping Oswego County residents participate in the ‘Yellow Dot’ program,” Sheriff Todd said.
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 an emergency will be alerted by the Yellow Dot decal to look for the medical information card in the glove compartment.
The Yellow Dot kit also works at home, where participants can place a Yellow Dot decal near the front door and place a completed card in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.
Funded by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, the Yellow Dot Program is a free service available to individuals of all ages.
Yellow Dot kits are being distributed throughout Oswego County to law enforcement agencies, local fire departments, and emergency medical service facilities. People interested in participating can obtain a free kit at any one of those locations, or can contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at 349-3411 for more information.
“Time and information is paramount within the first several minutes of an emergency,” Sheriff Todd said. “Yellow Dot can provide first responders valuable information in a timely manner and that can mean the difference between life and death,” he said.