Project Lifesaver International is dedicated to "bringing loved ones home."
The nonprofit organization was established in 1999 by the 43rd Virginia Search and Rescue Company of the Chesapeake, VA Sheriff's Office to locate "wanderers" with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, such as Down syndrome and autism.
Today, Project Lifesaver partners in search and rescue efforts with sheriff's offices, police departments and other public safety officials in the U.S., Canada and foreign countries.
Project Lifesaver's rapid response program relies on proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue teams. Individuals are armed with wristband transmitters that, using FM radio frequencies and 30-day batteries, emit a continuous signal 24 hours a day. Public safety and law enforcement teams utilize mobile tracking systems that receive the signals and can locate the missing from a mile away on the ground to five miles by air.
It is estimated that 60 percent of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will experience wandering behavior at some point during the illness.
Utilizing this proactive system, Project Lifesaver has been successful in 100 percent of its searches to date, "bringing loved ones home" in an average response time of less than 30 minutes.
Visit www.projectlifesaver.org. Call 877.580.LIFE