First introduced in Connecticut and brought to Alabama in 2009, Yellow Dot is designed to save lives in the event of an accident or other medical emergency involving a vehicle.
Participants keep important information such as a photo of themselves, their emergency contacts, current medications and pre-existing medical conditions in a yellow folder in the glove compartment of their car.
A Yellow Dot decal on the window alerts first responders to look for the folder as they begin treating individuals who may be unable to communicate for themselves.
Although Yellow Dot is a free service provided to individuals of all ages, senior citizens are one of the main populations targeted by proponents of the program.
Lisa Stewart, volunteer coordinator of the local Retired Senior Volunteer Program, was one of the individuals who helped bring Yellow Dot to Walker County last spring.
“If you’re injured, you want to know that you can get the care you need,” Stewart said.
One of the people whom Stewart encouraged to sign up was David Abrams, a longtime local college professor and co-owner of the building where R.S.V.P. is housed.
Abrams died in an automobile accident in May.
The Yellow Dot folder that Stewart had given him helped first responders identify him.
“They couldn’t find his wallet but found the Yellow Dot information and knew who to contact,” Stewart said.
R.S.V.P., located on 3rd Avenue South in downtown Jasper, is an enrollment station for the Yellow Dot program.
Stewart said she is also willing to coordinate Yellow Dot sign ups at local churches, businesses or other organizations.
There is no fee for participating in Yellow Dot, and administrators do not keep any personal information on the individuals whom they enroll.
For more information, call R.S.V.P. at 221-3760.
Funding for Yellow Dot has been provided by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs/Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division as well as the Walker Area Community Foundation.