Yellow dot mainI just learned this week about a great FREE program from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association that could help save the lives of accident victims and people having emergencies in their home in the critical first minutes as first responders arrive on the scene.

I strongly recommend joining the Yellow Dot Program today!

By putting a Yellow Dot sticker on your driver’s-side rear window, or on or beside your front door, you can also alert first responders that you or someone you love has a medical condition that needs special attention!

Remember, first responders don’t know your medical history, or the history of anyone else in your vehicle or home! So let’s arm them with potentially life-saving information!

yellow dot 3Here is how it works:

You can go to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association website and request information, or you can go to your local sheriffs’ office (see addresses below) and request a kit that contains a Yellow Dot decal and a personal information card.

You fill out the information card (both sides) and attach a recent photo. In your vehicle, put the card in the glove compartment. In the home, put it in a freezer bag and place it in a visible part of the freezer part of your refrigerator. First responders have been trained to look in these places if they see a Yellow Dot on your vehicle or front door.

You will need to fill out a card for each person in your family with special medical needs.

Here are the sheriffs’ offices in your county:

203 William St.
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 737-2987

106 Tenth St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
(607) 535-8222

7007 Rumsey Street Ext.
Bath, NY 14810
(607) 622-3901

Tioga, NY:
103 Corporate Drive
Owego, NY 13827
(607) 687-1010

779 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-1345

Yates County Sheriff’s Office
227 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-5172

My thanks to my colleague in Auburn, lawyer Michael Bersani of the Michaels & Smolak Law Firm, for bringing this great program to my attention.

I hope everyone reading this orders their own Yellow Dot today if they need special medical attention in an accident!

Thanks for reading!


James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
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