New York State’s Yellow Dot Program

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — The New York State Sheriff’s Association created what’s called the Yellow Dot Program to help first responders understand and treat a person with health conditions. It’s all done through a simple sheet of paper and a sticker.

“When they show up to either to your vehicle or to your home to let them know some things about you that could possibly help them get your the assistance you need faster.” – Officer Curtis Morgan, Community Affairs Until, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

In your home, the yellow dot goes on your front door or a nearby window and the yellow sheet is placed inside the freezer. That’s because if there’s fire, the freezer is usually the last thing to burn.

“On your vehicle it goes on the driver’s side rear window. If you have a fixed piece of glass that does not move up and down, that’s going to be the best.” – Officer Curtis Morgan, Community Affairs Until, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

The paper should be placed in the glove compartment. It details a person’s emergency contacts, medications, health conditions, and preferred hospital. A good tip is to type that information on a separate sheet of paper that’s kept inside the yellow document.

“Maybe there’s something that’s not listed on here that you think’s very important. You put it on there, let’s say your medication changes a week, two weeks, a month down the road you can very easily go in , change that, reprint it. You staple it to this.” – Officer Curtis Morgan, Community Affairs Until, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

And it’s not just for people with health issues. Anyone who interested can contact the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office at 315-765-2222 or visit https://nysheriffs.org/yellowdot/.

“This is a great tool that can help you speak for yourself maybe when you can’t.” – Officer Curtis Morgan, Community Affairs Until, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

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