WEST CHESTER (February 19) – State Senator Andy Dinniman will hold a special enrollment session for Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program at the Oxford Area Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The session is free and open to the public. Dinniman’s visit to Oxford will be his second to area senior centers on behalf of the new Yellow Dot initiative; On Wednesday the senator unveiled and explained the program to approximately 60 seniors at the Coatesville Area Senior Center.

“I look forward to next week’s program in Oxford, and after that I will visit seniors in the West Chester, Phoenixville and West Grove areas to make sure all have the opportunity to learn about and take advantage of this new initiative,” Dinniman said.

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Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need.

“Participation in the Yellow Dot Program could mean the difference between life and death or serious medical injury,” Dinniman said. “Senior citizens and those with specific medical conditions are especially encouraged to participate, but keep in mind that the program is open to anyone.”

The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Responders and local law enforcement.

The Chester County Sheriff’s office will be on hand for the enrollment at the Oxford Senior Center. Staff for Senator Dinniman will also make available publications about other state programs for seniors.

At the Feb. 26 enrollment session, participants will complete a personal information form, which includes their name, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies and the participant’s doctors’ names. In addition, a photo – showing only the participant’s head and shoulders – will be taped to the front of the completed information sheet.

The yellow dot decal provided in the program kit is then placed in the lower left corner of the participant’s vehicle’s rear windshield. The decal should be no higher than 3 inches from the bottom of the windshield. This decal alerts first responders that vital information can be found in the vehicle.

The Oxford Senior Center is located at 12 East Locust Street in Oxford.

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