COLUMBUS - The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ (KDADS) and Cherokee County K-State Research & Extension, have partnered with sponsors in Cherokee County to launch Operation Red File on April 27. Operation Red File is designed to help seniors keep their critical health information accessible if needed in an emergency.

Sponsors for “Operation Red File – Cherokee County” encourage anyone interested in participating in the program to come meet KDADS staff and many of the event sponsors at the Spring River Wellness Center 6524 Quakervale Road, Riverton, KS. 66770, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on April 27.

Participants in Operation Red File receive a large, red, magnetic folder that they can place on their refrigerator for instant access, where first responders will know to look for it. Participants are encouraged to put copies of their medical information and other critical documents in the folder, such as a clear, current photograph of the participant; a medical form with all current medical information; a medication list that can be updated as needed; and medical coverage information.

First responders and emergency staff can use this information to:

* Instantly access medical history and medication records in an emergency

* Avoid delays caused by trying to get information from a confused patient

* Ensure that the family/responsible party will be notified quickly

* Have a photograph available in the case of a Silver Alert

Operation Red File inaugurated in Shawnee County February 2016 and has continued to grow statewide. Cherokee is the 14th county in the state to launch the new medical information initiative that is part of the agency’s Senior Medicare Patrol program and more kick-off events are scheduled in the coming months.

If you or a loved one is interested in Operation Red File, contact April Hazen - Medicare Grants Director at KDADS 800-432-3535 for more information.