14 April, 2017
As a part of National Community College Month, Gadsden State Community College is hosting two symposiums for the community, students, faculty and staff to “Make the Connection with Safety” from 9 to 10 a.m. April 18 at the Valley Street Campus Student Center and April 19 at the One Stop Center on the East Broad Campus.
Both symposiums are free and being sponsored by the Gadsden State Office of Safety & Security in conjunction with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.
The April 18 symposium will feature information on Project Lifesaver—a program of specialized operations designed to locate missing individuals who have such conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome and autism. Project Lifesaver provides these individuals, who are likely to wander and get lost, with special wristbands containing identification information. About 80,000 individuals in Alabama have Alzheimer’s Disease, but fewer than 1,000 of those individuals have received Project Lifesaver bracelets.
The April 19 symposium will feature information on the Yellow Dot Program, which is designed to assist Alabama citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile crash or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle.
The “Yellow Dot” program is a free service provided to individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on senior citizens. The program can help save lives during the critical “golden hour” by improving communication at a time when accident victims may be unable to communicate for themselves.
Participants of the program receive a “Yellow Dot” decal, a “Yellow Dot” folder and an information form with the participant’s name, an identifying photo, emergency contact information, personal physicians’ information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and medications being used. A “Yellow Dot” decal on the driver’s side rear window of a vehicle alerts first responders to check in the glove compartment for the corresponding “Yellow Dot” folder.
For more information about these events contact Tim Heard, Gadsden State security officer, at 256-312-1918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.