In the moments directly following a crash, seconds count. The best chance for survival following a traumatic injury occurs when those injured are seen and treated within an hour.
Last November, the Illinois Department of Transportation launched a program to alert first responders of the driver's (or passenger's) medical condition. The Illinois Yellow Dot Program is a simple booklet the driver fills out and puts in the glove box of their car. A yellow dot decal is put in the back window (on the driver's side), which will alert the responders to check the glove box for important medical information.
Listed in the booklet will be a photograph of the person with the medical condition, their personal information, primary physical state, recent surgeries or other alerts.
These packages are being distributed statewide through county health departments. For Lake County, the location is the Lake County Health Department, 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, (847) 377-8000. The is also a distribution point for the packets. They may be picked up 24 hours a day at 740 Lakeview Parkway.
The Illinois Yellow Dot Program website also lists the as a distribution point.
This program is free of charge to all Illinois residents.
- The Vernon Hills Police Department provided this information.