Yellow Dot Program Looks to Expand Reach
Organizers of the Yellow Dot program in Moore County are continuing efforts to register people of all ages for the program aimed at saving lives in the event of a vehicle crash or other roadside emergency.
“Our goal is to sign up as many people as possible,” said Dave Fusco, program organizer and member of the Rotary Club of the Sandhills.
The Yellow Dot decal on the rear window of a vehicle tells emergency workers that vital medical information is in a yellow folder in the glove compartment. Each folder can hold up to four information sheets.
“The information in the folder speaks for you, when you can’t speak for yourself,” Fusco said.
Residents can sign up for the program by visiting Aberdeen, Carthage, Pinehurst, Southern Pines or Seven Lakes fire departments from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays starting Sept. 19.
Signing up is easy. A photo is taken, an information form is filled out, and a folder and decal are provided for each vehicle. Residents are encouraged to bring their lists of emergency contacts and medications they require. No information is retained by the Yellow Dot Program.
There are no questions about medical insurance numbers, Social Security number or birth date.
A kick-off signup event was held this past week at five local departments and generated a solid interest in the program, organizers said.
The Moore County Yellow Dot program is a public service made possible through several local organizations, including the Rotary Club of the Sandhills, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, the Moore County Fire Chiefs Association, Department of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Depart-ment, Police Chiefs Associ-ation and the Moore County Leadership Institute.
Fusco thanked all the fire departments, volunteers and members of the community for supporting the program as it seeks to grow in the future.
“We look forward to working with additional fire departments and the Moore County Department of Public Safety to expand the program further,” he said.
The Yellow Dot Program is expanding across the nation and is now in 36 states. Moore County is one of the first three counties in North Carolina to introduce the program.
The Yellow Dot website, yellowdotmoore.org, provides news and information, as well as links for volunteering and for organizations to host a signup event. Residents also may print out an information sheet and fill it out at home before taking it to a signup location.
“The message now is expanding with people telling people about the new program,” Fusco said.
Contact Tom Embrey at (910) 693-2484 or tembrey @thepilot. com.
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