In photo above, Evanston firefighter/paramedic P.J. Casey explains the File of Life program at the kickoff last month at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

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The nationwide program File of L.I.F.E. reached the Evanston community last month with a kickoff at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, sponsored by the Evanston Police & Fire Foundation.

A File of L.I.F.E., Lifesaving Information For Emergencies, is a sheet of paper on which residents can record their medical conditions, needed medications, allergies, emergency contacts – and other information such as a power of attorney, a living will or a “Do Not Resuscitate” order – and then tuck them into its plastic zip-top bag with a bright-red sticker and store the package in the freezer. Emergency-response personnel have been trained to look when responding to medical emergencies.

The City’s first responders say it is essential that seniors and the disabled population maintains their medical information and makes it accessible in case of an emergency.

The free File of L.I.F.E. pouches can be picked up at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.or any of Evanston’s five fire stations: 1332 Emerson St., 702 Madison St., 1105 Central St., 1817 Washington St. and 2830 Central St.