AGING SERVICES: Silver Alert System in CT

Silver Alert System in CT

 
Connecticut Silver Alert System - An Elderly And Or Mental Impairment Locator System
The Silver Alert system does for missing persons with dementia and other cognitive impairments what the Amber Alert system does for missing children – it helps speed up the process of finding them. Specifically, the Silver Alert system applies to any missing person age 18 years or older who has a mental impairment or is 65 years of age or older. Both Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems create an emergency notification system for law enforcement agencies to broadcast local, regional, or statewide public alerts via radio, television and electronic highway signs. The Silver Alert system mandates that law enforcement immediately begin searching for missing individuals who are ages 65 or older, or ages 18 and over if mentally impaired. Once the police receive a missing person’s report and a description of the missing person, the information is broadcast via radio, television, and electronic highway signs through the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
The plan alerts the public as quickly as possible to the disappearance so everyone may assist in the search for the safe return of the individual.
 
During a Silver Alert, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety will:
• Notify all on-duty police officers as well as other appropriate law enforcement agencies.
• Broadcast the alert via the Emergency Broadcast System.
• Collect, process, maintain, disseminate information to help locate missing seniors and or mentally impaired adults through the CT Dept. of Public Safety’s Missing Person Clearinghouse under the “Missing Senior Citizen Information.”`
For more information about the similar Amber Alert system on the Department of Public Safety website:
http://www.ct.gov/dps/cwp/view.asp?a=2140&q=294108
 
 
 
New Legislation of Note to Aging and Disability Advocates

On June 6th,2009 Governor Rell signed Substitute Senate Bill 451, enacting the 16th Silver Alert system in the country. The Silver Alert system does for missing persons with dementia and other cognitive impairments what the Amber Alert system does for missing children – it helps speed up the process of finding them. Specifically, the Silver Alert system applies to any missing person age 18 years or older who has a mental impairment or is 65 years of age or older. Both Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems create an emergency notification system for law enforcement agencies to broadcast local, regional, or statewide public alerts via radio, television and electronic highway signs.
 
The new legislation, which becomes effective on July 1st, also adds a “Missing Senior Citizen Information” component to the existing Clearinghouse in Connecticut that is operated by the Department of Public Safety. Such a Clearinghouse will store information about the missing seniors as well as coordinate public notification through the various forms of media. Needless to say, the implementation of this notification system can only save lives.




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