OHATCHEE, Ala. (WIAT) — The town of Ohatchee, Alabama helped dozens of citizen’s in Calhoun County sign up for the Yellow Dot program on Monday.
Police say the program saves lives when minutes matter after a car accident. Emergency workers call the 60 minutes after a car accident the “golden hour.” This is the time when split second decisions can save lives.
That is one reason why the Ohatchee Police Department is giving away free yellow-dot decals and emergency folders. The stickers are placed on the driver’s side rear window of any vehicle. This signals first responders that a folder with critical information is stored in the glove box.
Wanda Wyatt says she decided to sign up for the Yellow Dot program after a frightening car accident.
“It happened on a stretch of 431 where I was alone. I just felt like if I would’ve had this (yellow-dot information) then (emergency workers) would’ve known more about me if my husband could’ve gotten to me, or if I hadn’t had a cell phone, or any way to contact anybody,” Wyatt said.
That folder contains picture identification, emergency contact numbers, and medications and list any pre-existing conditions that help emergency workers make fast informed decisions about treatment options.
“We had had a lady that had an accident with a dog in the vehicle. You could tell the dog had been with her for years and years. We had no way of getting in touch with the family,” said Chief Jason Oden. “We were lucky we had people stop and got us in touch with the family. That way we were able to get somebody to come get the dog. With this yellow dot program, we could’ve gotten in touch with the family 45 minutes quicker.”
The Yellow Dot program first started in Connecticut in 2002. In 2009 it was adopted in Etowah County. Since then, the program has continued to spread throughout the state.
The Yellow Dot program targets senior citizens, but is available to drivers and passengers of all ages. Oden says it only takes a few minutes to sign up. If you missed the opportunity to get your sticker and folder on Monday, the materials will be available at the Ohatchee Police Department indefinitely. Anyone in the state is welcome to sign up.
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