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Macon County has become the 64th county in Alabama to adopt the "Yellow Dot" Program.
The U.S. Veteran Affairs Fire Department, U.S. Veterans Affairs Police Department and the Tuskegee Fire Department are partnering with the towns of Franklin, Notasulga and Shorter to introduce the Program to Macon County.
The "Yellow Dot" Program is the first of its kind in the state of Alabama, as it is designed to help assist citizens and emergency personnel in the event of an automobile accident or other medical emergency involving the citizen's vehicle. The program is designed to help save lives by improving communication at the time of a crash where victims may not be able to communicate with emergency responders.
The program provides detailed medical information that can be very informative after an accident. Participants who enroll in the program will have their picture taken, complete a personal information form and will be given a "Yellow Dot" folder and decal.
The "Yellow Dot" folder, which contains the medical information form and a photo I. D., should be placed in the vehicles glove compartment or in a motorcycles storage compartment. The "Yellow Dot" decal, which should be placed on the lower left corner of the rear window of a vehicle or the lower left corner of the license plate of a motorcycle, will alert medical responders that the citizen is a part of the program. When responders spot the "Yellow Dot" decal on the vehicle, that will let them know that medical information can be found in the folder in the glove compartment of a vehicle or storage compartment of a motorcycle.
"Having this information following a crash helps emergency responders positively identify the person, get in touch with family or emergency contacts and ensures that the person's current medications and pre-existing medical conditions are considered when treatment is administered for injuries," said Lora Weaver, Alabama Yellow Dot Coordinator.
To prevent identity theft, the information form does not contain the individual's date of birth or social security number. There also is no database where the information will be held. All of the information will stay with the individual.
The "Yellow Dot" Program is a free service provided to individual of all ages. The Program is being funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Division.
If you wish to sign up for the "Yellow Dot" Program, visit one of the following locations:
-Veterans Affairs Fire Department
-Tuskegee Fire Department
-Veterans Affairs Police Department
-Town of Franklin
-Town of Notasulga
-Town of Shorter
For more information about other counties participating in the "Yellow Dot" Program, visit their website or Facebook page.