The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is urging residents to help Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers better help you in the event of an emergency on our roadways.
PennDOT Engineering District 10, which includes Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, and Indiana counties, is bringing awareness to National EMS Week, held annually from May 19 through 25 to recognize those who provide emergency services in the community.
According to PennDOT data, 3,955 vehicle crashes occurred on District 10 roadways in 2017. In the event of a vehicle crash with an unresponsive victim, PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program provides EMS workers with the person’s identity, medical needs, and emergency contacts. A simple PennDOT Yellow Dot decal in the car’s rear window alerts EMS workers to find all vital information in the vehicle’s glove box.
The public can sign up for the Yellow Dot program on PennDOT’s website, www.PennDOT.gov. Participants will receive a Yellow Dot kit in the mail, which they complete with personal information, including name, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies and the participant’s doctors’ contact information. Optionally, participants can also include a photo.
Participants place the completed information booklet in the vehicle’s dashboard glove compartment and affix the Yellow Dot sticker, enclosed in the kit, inside the lower left of the vehicle’s rear window.
PennDOT encourages the public to share Yellow Dot benefits as part of a community outreach during National EMS Week.