Thursday, February 3, 2011

Did You Know: Project Lifesaver

What kind of technology can help families find a loved one who may wander because of disabilities or related disorders?  The STC receives numerous requests for helpful information on this topic.  While GPS  technology can be helfpul, it doesn't always work.  An organization called  Project Lifesaver offers an option.  It trains public safety agencies to be first responders when an individual wearing a Project Lifesaver beacon goes missing.  The beacon, worn on the wrist, ankle or sewn into clothing, emits a radio signal that responders can search for when Project Lifesaver is activated.

Through trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver provdes a timely response when loved ones become lost.  Its mission is to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to a variety of disabilities including Alzheimer's, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.

Did you know that 24 counties in Minnesota participate in Project Lifesaver?  Volunteer Coordinator Bob Parrot, from the Ramsey County Sheriff Department shared that once Project Lifesaver is activated, the search time is generally less than 30 minutes.  To activate Project Lifesaver, someone simply notifies the sheriff's department about the missing person.  Bob is available to answer questions about Project Lifesaver in MN and to give you the information to get Project Lifesaver started in your county.  Bob can be reached at 651-266-7345 or 651-285-0269.

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