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Clarkstown Launches File of Life for Seniors

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2010

Clarkstown Launches File of Life

New Program For Seniors and Residents with Health Issues


(New City, NY) – Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack, Councilman George Hoehmann, and the Town Board are launching a new program designed to provide first responders critical medical information about residents during emergency calls.  The program called the ‘File of Life’ will be introduced to residents at the Congers I Senior Club, at the Congers Community Center, 6 Gilchrest Road on August 4th at 1pm.


The ‘File of Life’ is a card developed by the not for profit group File of Life Foundation.  It contains vital personal medical information and is kept on the outside of the resident’s refrigerator in a bright red magnetic pocket, readily accessible to emergency service personnel when they arrive on an emergency call.  The medical card lists the resident’s emergency medical contacts, health conditions, medications taken, allergies, recent surgeries and more.  A decal is placed on the outside door of the home to notify arriving emergency services to look for the medical card inside.


“The Town of Clarkstown is home to many vulnerable populations, including the elderly and infirm, who may live alone or may have limited time with care takers,” said Supervisor Alex Gromack.  “The File of Life provides emergency personnel the ability to see pertinent medical information to ensure proper emergency treatment.”


The Town will distribute File of Life cards at all 12 senior clubs over the next few months.  Other residents interested in picking up cards may do so at the Town Council Chambers or Supervisor’s Office on the third floor of Town Hall, located at 10 Maple Avenue, New City. 


“The Town Board and I are committed to promoting programs to our residents that save lives,” said Councilman George Hoehmann.  “It is important for emergency service volunteers to have quick access to a resident’s health problems, allergies, medications, and emergency contacts.  This simple tool provides for that security for our residents.”


Residents are responsible for keeping the medical information on the card up to date and clearly visible on their refrigerator.


For more information on this or any other Town program, please go to


Media and photographers are encouraged to attend this event.


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