An Electronic Technology Program to Locate Missing Persons
A Community Safety Net
Find Me Safe Network is designed to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Each person who uses Find Me Safe is provided a one-ounce electronic bracelet that emits a unique radio signal 24 hours a day. The person’s bracelet is identified with an individual frequency number and is linked to their profile, which assists our search and rescue team towards the location of the client if they wander or get lost. The information also helps in gaining their trust and putting them and their care partner at ease for the journey home. When a client wanders anywhere in Whatcom County, a call to 9-1-1 by the caregiver will trigger a rapid response by a specialized team within the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department. A search to locate that client’s unique radio signal is started as soon as possible.
If an elderly Alzheimer’s patient is outdoors for more than 24 hours, chance of survival drops to 50% due to the risk of exposure. A lost person with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related disease or injury represents a critical medical emergency. The wanderer’s inability or unwillingness to communicate has frustrated caregivers and searchers alike. Traditional search methods rely heavily on the ability of the lost person to respond to searchers when they call. When this ability doesn’t exist or the person chooses not to respond, search efforts are time consuming and can take a tragic turn.
Being a family caregiver is a difficult task. The responsibility is enormous and can be draining. The situation can be dramatically intensified when the person who is being cared for begins to wander. Caregivers may find they cannot let their guard down for a moment. The tendency to wander is prevalent among people with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementia-related disorders, as well as Autism and Down Syndrome. It is estimated that 59% of people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander and become lost—many will wander repeatedly.
A Message from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office
The main purpose of this program is to find the loved one and return them quickly. The results are a saving of a life, not to mention a reduction in the
usage of time, manpower and money.
Project Lifesaver has already had 1,446 searches nationwide and the average recovery time is less than 30 minutes. The average search for an Alzheimer’s
person that has wandered is 9 hours with a resource cost of $1,500 per hour which equals $13,500.
“Whatcom County needs this valuable safety net.”
Whatcom County Sheriff
Find Me Safe Network Program Fees
One Time Bracelet Charge $300.00
Quarterly Battery Charge $45.00