What is Project LifeSaver Rescue Program?
Project Lifesaver is the premier search and rescue program. It helps rescue people who wander and go missing, such as elderly people with Alzheimer’s or children with autism or Down syndrome. It works like the LoJack system for tracking stolen cars, except with bracelets on people. It is relatively cheap, has been launched in 42 states and Canada since 1999, and has helped find almost 1,200 people, often within an hour and before tragedy.
Individuals would pay $275 for the bracelet and $7 a month for batteries. It’s up to caregivers, facilities or volunteers to make sure batteries are properly changed. The homing signal can be detected from a mile on the ground or up to 7 miles from the air.
Those interested in helping should contact the Sunrise Office of Community Policing at 954-746-3384. Or you can call Stacey Hamilton, the Alzheimer’s advocate who has been spearheading the effort to bring the program to Broward, at 954-410-6268.
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