Putnam County Sheriff and President of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, Donald B. Smith, is introducing a public safety initiative entitled, the Yellow Dot Program to Putnam County. He and other Sheriffs from throughout New York State are teaming up to bring this free program to the residents of their counties.
The title refers to a decal that will be provided to those taking part in the project. Along with the window decal, the Yellow Dot kit contains a medical information card which contains vital information such as: the participant’s name; address; telephone numbers; emergency contact information; physician contact information; preferred hospital; blood type; medications and allergies. Participants may complete the card, attach a recent photo to it, place it in the glove compartment of their vehicles, and place the Yellow Dot decal on the driver’s side rear window.
First responders arriving at the scene of a roadside emergency will be alerted by the Yellow Dot decal to look for critical medical information in the glove compartment.
“The Yellow Dot Program provides vital life-saving medical information to first responders during the first “golden hour” after an auto crash or other emergency, ” said Sheriff Smith. “When every precious minute counts, the information provided on a Yellow Dot information card may mean the difference between life and death, ” continued the Sheriff.
Funded by Sheriff Smith and the New York State Sheriff’s Association, the Yellow Dot Program is free as a public service and is available to people of all ages. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will have these life-saving kits available to anyone interested in obtaining them at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Carmel or at the Sheriff’s Putnam Valley and Nelsonville substations. They can also be mailed to Putnam County residents upon request by contacting the Sheriff’s Traffic Division at (845) 225-0471 or by sending a request.