Erie County working to spread awareness of Yellow Dot program

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office and its partners say they are going to spend a year trying to enroll people in the Yellow Dot program.

The Yellow Dot program’s goal is to help first responders who need to provide immediate medical attention to crash or other emergency victims. The point of the campaign is to get people to place Yellow Dot decals on vehicle windows — specifically, the rear side window on the driver’s side.

This will show first responders that medical information can be found in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

Sheriff Timothy Howard stated, “Upon learning of the Yellow Dot Program, I immediately implemented it in Erie County.  I have conducted dozens of Yellow Dot presentations at senior centers, independent living facilities, and community centers through the past few years and the more presentations I did, the more requests my office received for meetings.  Because I believe so strongly in this lifesaving program, I wanted to find partners that could help disseminate the information every day and the organizations here today will help achieve that goal.”

The awareness campaign will begin September 13 at the Amherst Senior Center. at 12:30. The Senior Center is located at 370 John James Audubon Pkwy.

Throughout the next year, events for the campaign will take place across Erie County. Here is the schedule:

  • October – Evans/Angola, A J Schmitt Elementary School
  • November – Buffalo, First Calvary Church, William Street
  • December – City of Lackawanna
  • January – West Seneca
  • February – South Buffalo
  • March – Lancaster
  • April – Delaware/North Districts of Buffalo
  • May – Cheektowaga
  • June – Hamburg
  • July – Tonawanda

Exact locations and times are still pending for some places. More information on smaller forums can be found by calling the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 858-7308.

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