Lora Weaver, a program coordinator for the Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office, told the firefighters during their meeting Tuesday that Walker County will soon be one of 20 counties participating in the Yellow Dot Program.
The initiative offers a decal that residents place on their rear window. The decal informs firefighters and EMTs that the vehicle’s glove compartment has a folder in which they can find the patient’s medical and personal information.
The yellow folders contain a photo of the driver as well as his or her emergency contact information, medical history and his or her allergies to medications.
Weaver said the program allows first responders to use the first hour of an accident treating the patients rather than trying to pry information from them.
“You are the ones who will use this program to save the lives of people in Alabama,” she said.
The Yellow Dot program is funded through a grant administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
Weaver said the program will become increasingly useful as baby boomers age, because senior citizens are more likely to be injured in a car crash.
Weaver and Walker County resident Reba Barton visited the Jasper City Council and the Walker County Commission last month to speak about bringing the project to the area and all of the members of both governing bodies voiced their support for the program.
The Yellow Dot program began as a pilot project in Eutowah County. Weaver said Alabama is the eighth state in the nation to implement a program like Yellow Dot. She said states differ as to the design of the decal’s emblem. However, they all have a yellow dot.
Walker County’s Yellow Dot program will be a partnership between Ready Walker Citizen Corps, the Walker County Firefighters' Association, R.S.V.P., Walker Baptist Medical Center, the City of Jasper, the Walker County Commission, Jasper City Police & Jasper Fire, the City of Dora and Ken Glover Drugs.