Citizens and First Responders Working Together to Save Lives
THE “YELLOW DOT” PROGRAM IS A PROGRAM designed to assist citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile accident or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle. This program can help save lives during the critical “Golden Hour” by improving communication at a time when accident victims may be unable to communicate for themselves.
The “Yellow Dot” program provides detailed medical information that can be crucial following a crash. Participants of the program receive a “Yellow Dot” decal, a “Yellow Dot” Emergency Medical Information form with the participant’s name, emergency contacts, personal physicians’ information, hospital preference, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and medications being used, and a location for an identifying photo to be attached.
A “Yellow Dot” decal on the driver’s side rear window of the vehicle alerts first responders to check in the glove compartment for the corresponding “Yellow Dot” Emergency Medical Information profiles. Having this information following a crash helps first 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.
The “Yellow Dot” program is a free service provided to individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on senior citizens. The program is administered by Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Safety Office. The “Yellow Dot” program is a cooperative effort of State Law Enforcement agencies, Fire & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and Communities of Utah.
For more information, you may go to www.UtahYellowDot.com.
Questions You May Encounter When Enrolling Individuals in the Utah Yellow Dot Program:
I no longer drive. Can I still participate in Yellow Dot? Yes. The decal and Medical Information Form can be placed in the vehicle(s) you are normally a passenger in.
I wish my “mother” were here. This program would be great for her. You may have an extra Information Form, decal, and brochure for your “mother.” You can attach a photo of theirs or go to one of the permanent enrollment stations at a later date to have a free photo taken. (Be sure when signing up individuals that you ask them if they have a spouse that they would like components for. Have them list their spouses name, etc., as well, on the enrollment sheet.)
I don’t have any medical conditions and am on no medication. Should I still enroll? Yes. Yellow Dot will still benefit you. First responders will then have a list of your emergency contacts. Be sure to write the word “none” under medical conditions, allergies, and medications. This will enable first responders to know that you have no pre-existing medical conditions that need to be considered when treating you.
Will you keep my information? No. The only thing we ask is that you sign an enrollment sheet so we can track statistic on the people participating in the program. All of your personal information goes with you and is kept in your vehicle.
I don’t want to have my picture taken today. We will give you everything that you need to participate in the program, and you may attach a photo of your own or come back at a later date and have a free photo taken.
Can I place Yellow Dot in my RV or boat? Yes.
If I trade my vehicle in or wreck my vehicle, how do I get another decal? Go to one of the permanent enrollment stations for a new decal or request one on-line by going to utahyellowdot.com.
My list of medical conditions/medications will not fit in the space allowed. If you have your information with you, I can photocopy it and paperclip it to your medical information sheet. (Be sure to write “see attached” in those spaces.) Or you may also make a copy yourself and paperclip it to the other medical information.
This would be great for my brother who lives in_____County. What other counties are participating?
This program is state-wide so you may take a packet for him. He can complete the Form and place a photo of himself on the front.
I don’t live in this County. Can I still sign up? Yes. However, the first responders in your home County may or may not have heard about the program. It will still be available for their use if you are able to direct them to the glove box or if they look there for information. We are training everyone as quickly as possible.
I have a sister that lives in_____. What states are implementing this program? There are 47 states participating in the program but I do not have a list of those states. Chances are that his state is participating. I would be glad to take your information, and get back to you about whom he could contact.
For those that may be speaking about the program:
1. Talking point will be provided
2. Consider offering enrollment forms to the attendees
3. Groups to contact:
Senior Centers Schools Special Events
Civic Groups (Lions Club, Rotary Club, etc.)
Support Groups (Diabetes, Cancer, Autism, Visually Impaired, etc.) Large companies (American Express, Discover, etc.)
Church Groups Health Care Providers AARP Chapters