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The Vial of Life is an emergency preparedness program sponsored by West Valley City, West Valley Citizen Corps Council and Pioneer Valley Hospital as part of their mission to make West Valley City more disaster resistant and resilient through citizen volunteer involvement. The purpose of the Vial of Life program is to encourage residents, particularly those who are homebound, living alone, or with special medical needs, to compile personal information and place it where it can be easily located by 911 responders in the event of an emergency.
The most important component of the Vial of Life program is the Information Sheet (PDF) which includes emergency contact information, medical history and other pertinent data on EACH individual who lives in the home. The completed information sheet(s) is folded and rolled, then placed inside the provided Vial of Life container. Once completed, the Vial of Life is placed in a visible location, preferably on a shelf in the door of the refrigerator, where 911 responders can easily locate it to access important and possibly lifesaving information. The packet also includes a Vial of Life magnet which should be placed on the outside of the refrigerator door, preferably the upper right corner, where it can be seen by 911 responders as notification to look for the pertinent information inside.