The “Yellow Dot” and the “CodeRED” programs came to the Jackson County Chapter of AARP, last week at the Jackson County Senior Center.
Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips and Victor Manning, Emergency Management Agency Director, explained the free programs that are available to citizens of Alabama.
Each person had their picture taken and a corresponding yellow folder to provide detailed medical information to be placed in the glove compartment of their automobile. Also, they were given a decal which is to be placed on the driver's side rear window. This decal “alerts first responders to check the glove compartment for the 'Yellow Dot' folder.
“This program is the first of its kind in Alabama," Phillips said. "It is designed to assist first responders in the event of an automobile crash or other medical emergency involving a person's vehicle. The program can help save lives during the critical 'golden hour' by improving communication at a time when accident victims may not be able to communicate for themselves.”
This free service is available to citizens of all ages, with emphasis on senior citizens.
Contact persons for signing up for this program are: Sheriff Chuck Phillips, (256) 574-2610, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, 102 E. Laurel Street, Scottsboro; Chief Kenneth Strawn, Skyline P.D, (256) 587-3335, Skyline Town Hall/Police Department, 21638 Alabama Hwy. 79, Skyline; or Chief Jason Hepler, Hollywood P.D. (256) 259-1295, Hollywood Town Hall/Police Department, 29164 U.S. Hwy. 72, Hollywood.
“CodeRED” is a “weather warning that is designed to rapidly alert citizens in the path of severe weather,” Manning said.
Manning signed the participants up for this program.
An automated call warns participants in the program of severe weather that may effect the immediate area. You may select to received notices in the event of a tornado or severe thunderstorm, flood warnings or all three. There is monitoring 23 hours per day 365 days a year. You may opt-in this program by contacting the Emergency Management Agency Office in the Jackson County Courthouse in Scottsboro, (256) 574-0344.
The next meeting of the local chapter will be Tuesday, April 3, at 3 p. m. at the Jackson County Senior Center, Rita Williams Drive in Scottsboro. Interested persons are invited to attend the informative sessions.