You may have been driving down the street or even just sitting at home when you get that notification, a silver alert.
So, what exactly is a silver alert?
A silver alert is a public notification system across the United States to broadcast information about a missing person, especially a senior citizen with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, in order to aid in safely locating them.
The information released includes the physical appearance like the clothes the person was wearing when they were last seen, their hair color, eye color, the description of the car if they are driving one along with the license plate. These alerts are displayed on the radio, television, phones and even traffic signs.
Did you know that 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander off? A person could be in serious danger if they are not found within 24 hours of going missing, especially if they suffer from memory or mental issues. This is why it is important to locate the missing person as quickly as possible.
It all started back in December of 2005 in Oklahoma. It was brought to the courts that they wanted an amber alert for seniors. The silver alert system became official in 2009 and quickly spread to more states. Currently, there are 36 states who have their own silver alert system in place and each state has their own criteria.
Silver Alerts in Arizona
- The person is 65 years or older
- The person is in imminent danger due to their health or other reasons
- A missing person report must have been filed
Recently, DPS has stepped on board helping with silver alerts. DPS now posts all silver alerts on their traffic signs in Arizona.
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