May 01, 2013

'Yellow Dot' Pilot Program Emergency Kit Now Available to Retired Members

Source: NYSUT Retiree Services
Yellow Dot Emergency Decal
Caption: The official Yellow Dot decal.

What is the Yellow Dot Program?

Yellow Dot is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first "golden hour" after a crash or other emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver's-side rear window of your vehicle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment. 

Background: At the 2012 Retiree Contiguous ED 51-53 Meeting, RC 43 delegate Tina Sharp proposed a resolution encouraging NYSUT to promote the Yellow Dot program. This resolution received widespread support and was adopted at the 2013 NYSUT Representative Assembly. As a follow-up to the passage of this resolution, NYSUT has entered into a partnership with the NYS Sheriffs' Association and has begun the process of distributing the Yellow Dot kits to NYSUT Retiree Services Consultants for bulk distribution at NYSUT events.

How does the Yellow Dot Program work?

The Yellow Dot kit contains a personal information card and a Yellow Dot decal.

  1. Complete both sides of the personal information card as fully as possible, in pencil. Attach a recent photo of yourself and place it in a visible location in your car’s glove compartment.
  2. Complete one card for each person who regularly occupies the vehicle. See below to request additional medical information forms.
  3. Place the Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window to alert first responders to look in the glove compartment for your medical information.
  4. Update the card annually yourself or bring it to your annual medical check-up. If you sell your car, remove the Yellow Dot sticker.

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Use Yellow Dot at Home

A Yellow Dot kit can also be used to alert those who respond to an emergency in your home. Simply place a Yellow Dot decal on or beside your front door and place a completed card for each occupant in a clear plastic freezer bag and place in a visible location in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator.

How Do I Get a Yellow Dot Kit?

Contact your NYSUT Retiree Services Consultant to find out where and when you can pick-up your Yellow Dot materials at a NYSUT event near you. If you are not sure who to contact in your region, contact Geralyn O’Reilly, NYSUT Retiree Services at NYSUT is piloting this project for retired members only at this time.