Imagine being involved in a vehicle collision. At that moment, fear and confusion can set in, and an injury or loss of consciousness may occur. Emergency responders arriving at the scene need to know your medical history, medications, allergies, and much more, but injuries may make it difficult to respond. The Safety on Scene (S.O.S.) Medical Information Program was created by Charlotte County Fire & EMS and sponsored by Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, provides emergency responders the information they need for rapid care during an emergency.
The S.O.S. program offered free of charge to Charlotte County residents, provides valuable medical information to emergency personnel in a portable and convenient format that travels with the owner. Emergency responders are alerted to program participants when they place the S.O.S. sticker on the back of the vehicle’s rearview mirror. The sticker leads responders to a zippered pouch attached to the ignition key ring which contains pertinent medical information, medications, allergies, doctor’s name, and an emergency contact.