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Gov. Corbett Introduces 2 New Programs For Use During Emergencies

file photo (credit: Tony Romeo)

file photo (credit: Tony Romeo)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Governor Corbett has introduced to new programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians faced with an emergency.

Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out a form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, put it in the program’s folder, then place it in their car’s glove compartment. They then put a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle’s rear window, which alerts emergency responders to check the vehicle’s glove compartment for the folder. The program will help emergency responders know who to contact after a crash.

Additionally, the Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Customers will be able to update the information as needed, and it will only be available to law enforcement. Like the Yellow Dot Program, the Emergency Contact Information program ensures that contact information is easily found in the event of an emergency, but it is also usable in other situations besides vehicular accidents.

“I sincerely hope that people never have to use these programs once they’re signed up, but I’m pleased that Pennsylvania now has these tools available to help people when they’re in dire need,” Corbett said.

For more information on the Yellow Dot program, visit: www.yellowdot.pa.gov.

For more on the Emergency Contact Information program, visit: www.dmv.state.pa.us.