Senior Safety: Yellow Dot and Senior Patrol

Lyon County, Kansas

Lyon County YELLOW DOT Program

The Lyon County Yellow Dot program was created to help senior citizens communicate their medications, medical conditions, emergency contacts, and other vital information to emergency first responders during a vehicle accident when they may not be able to communicate for themselves. This lifesaving program is sponsored by the Lyon County RSVP Program, the Trusler Foundation, and the Emporia Fire Department.

Any senior citizen in Lyon County, age 55 or over, can receive a Yellow Dot Kit free of charge.

How Does the Yellow Dot Program Work?

A Yellow Dot sticker is placed on the outside of the driver’s side rear windshield. Emergency first responders (police, ambulance, and firemen) have been alerted to look for this sticker.

A medical information form containing current medications you are taking, medical conditions and emergency contacts for you is filled out and placed in a yellow envelope which is stored in the glove box of the vehicle. Attach a picture of yourself to the form for identification in case more than one person is riding in the vehicle so that emergency personnel can match the form information to the person.

Complete medical forms for all others who frequently ride or drive each vehicle and include them in the Yellow Dot envelope in the glove box. Be sure to attach a recent photo of each person to their medical information sheet for identification purposes.

Lyon County Sheriff’s SENIOR PATROL Program

The Lyon County Sheriffs Senior Patrol is a non-confrontational patrol program that serves all of Lyon County, including the City of Emporia. It is staffed by volunteers through the Lyon County R.S.V.P. Program and patrol training is provided by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. While volunteers are not law enforcement officers, they do act as “Ambassadors” for the Sheriff’s office, conduct regular and scheduled patrols within Lyon County and report suspicious activities and crimes in progress. Their time is donated while providing this service to Lyon County and its residents.

Senior Patrol Services:
  • Vacation Home Checks and Drive Bys: If you are going to be gone for any reason, the Senior Patrol will check your house and property to see that everything is secure while you are gone. They will check other vehicles, outbuildings, and etc. on your property. The Senior Patrol will also drive by your property as requested.
  • Welfare Checks: Welfare checks are provided to homebound members of our community. The Senior Patrol will visit and check on the elderly that live alone or are shut-ins.

To arrange for Senior Patrol services, Contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s office, 425 Mechanic Street, Emporia Kansas Telephone 620-342-5545

The Senior Patrol is a service of the LYON COUNTY SHERIFFS
DEPARTMENT and Lyon County R.S.V.P., and there is no fee to use these services.

How Can I Volunteer for the Senior Patrol

Pick up and complete a Senior Patrol Member application from the R.S.V.P. office at 402 Commercial Street, Emporia. The applications will be processed and forwarded to the Sheriff’s Department.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will screen applications, perform background checks, select and train volunteers for the program.