Maine Township Joins Life Saving Yellow Dot Program
July 16, 2012 — Maine Township has announced that it will serve as a distribution center for a new program that is designed to improve emergency care for people involved in vehicle crashes. Recently unveiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the new Yellow Dot Program will provide information for first responders to make important decisions regarding emergency treatment and also better prepare emergency hospital staff to receive those who have been involved in traffic accidents.
Maine Township has joined with IDOT, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Department of Aging (IDOA) as well as county health departments across Illinois to increase awareness of the voluntary, federally funded program. People who participate in the program receive a simple yellow decal to place in the lower left-hand corner of the rear window of their car and a corresponding yellow folder to place in the glove compartment. The yellow folder contains the name, photo, emergency contact and physician information, as well as medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies, and a list of medications.
"We are always on the outlook for ways to improve the lives of Maine Township residents and believe that this free program which comes at no expense to the Township could help save lives," said Carol Teschky, Township Supervisor. There are no eligibility requirements, but people should make sure that everyone who rides in an automobile on a regular basis has their own folder, according the Teschky.
For more information about the program, call Maine Township at 847-297-2510.