NCC partnered with one of our agency's in Johnson City to raise awareness of the a great Department of Transportation program nalled The Yellow DOT Program. Yellow DOT is a free program that provides emergency responders with essential medical information, in the event of a vehicle accident. We had so much fun having a cook out and enrolling people in the area.
The Johnson City Press was gracious to cover our event and help spread the word even more. Read below for the entire article:
Security ensured through TDOT's Yellow Dot program
Are you allergic to certain medications? Have a heart condition?
A medical alert program offered through the Tennessee Department of Transportation could mean the difference between life and death if you’re in a crash or have another type of roadside emergency.
The TDOT Yellow Dot Program provides drivers a way to help first-responders be aware of those crucial personal medical issues: A simple yellow dot affixed to vehicles. Seeing that sticker helps a paramedic or EMT know to look for an information packet in the vehicle’s glove box, working much like a medical alert bracelet.
It’s especially important to have that information in the first hour after a medical emergency: The “golden hour.”
“The golden hour is that time period after there’s been an impact where you’re at the most critical point of making health decisions, where to, how to, who to contact,” said Amanda Yeager, a specialist at the National Contracting Center, who helped coordinate a signup event in downtown Johnson City Friday. “When you affix (the sticker) to the back of a vehicle ... paramedics, EMTs, police, fire departments, they know when they see this symbol, there’s a corresponding yellow folder ... in the glovebox.”
People enrolled in the free program get a yellow folder containing a pamphlet on which they list their specific medical conditions. They are asked to put the folder in their glovebox so that it’s readily accessible after a crash or other emergency.
The agency also gives them a yellow sticker to place on the back of their car.
The event was held at the offices of Universal Health Benefits, a private insurance agency that specializes in senior services, and once the office becomes an official enrollment site, people will be able to sign up anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This is just a one-day event here just kind letting the public be aware of what we’re doing, but we’re also going to go to senior centers, assisted living facilities throughout town and set these events up,” said Casey Lillie, one of the owners of Universal Health Benefits. “Some people may not be able to come for whatever reason, so we’re going to go to them.”
Yeager said there are a number of public enrollment sites in Washington County, with the fire department being one of them, but Universal Health Benefits is one of the county’s few private enrollment sites.
“It’s really one of those things that if you don’t have voices from the private sector speaking to this and pushing it forward, it could just dwindle and that would be a terrible thing,” Yeager said.
Lillie said he and his wife Denise Lille, the president of Universal Health Benefits, are hoping to publicize the program in the county and beyond.
“We plan to stretch all the way out to Knoxville, from East Tennessee to Knoxville,” Lillie said. “(The National Contracting Center), they’re based in the Knoxville area, and they’re working that general area, and then in the next two or three months we’re also going to extend out into the Memphis area.”
Lillie said Universal Health Benefits has conducted outreach efforts among its customers and has gotten positive feedback about the program’s potential usefulness.
“We have almost 1,000 customers in this area, and we outreached out to every single one of them and the stories that we heard of, ’Oh, we wish we had this program because I personally was in an accident, and this happened to me, and I almost died, and if I would’ve had that that could have made it a whole lot easier for me,’ ” Lillie said.
More information about the program and enrollment site locations across Tennessee can be found at www.tdot.state.tn.us/yellowdot.
Source: Johnson City Press
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NCC is a leading senior insurance marketing firm (FMO) specializing in Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, and Final Expense products for independent agents. NCC partners with you to provide support, training, and concierge service for all your insurance needs.