Crow Wing County has given the thumbs up to the sheriff’s department’s Project Lifesaver program for parents and families of autistic children and vulnerable adults with Alzheimer’s in the lakes area.
How does Project Lifesaver work?
An electronic bracelet or anklet is worn by an autistic child or vulnerable adult. When a person wearing the device wanders off, the device transmits a signal that is picked up by a radio receiver locating the person within 30 minutes, according to counties already using the device. In more than 1,000 searches there have been no reported deaths or injuries.
By forming a partnership with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.
Sheriff’s teams will receive special training, not only in search and rescue and the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has autism or a related disorder.
Locating the individual is only part of the mission. The person who is located will be disoriented, anxious and untrusting. The Project Lifesaver team knows how to approach the individual, gain their trust and put them at ease for the trip home.
This is a tremendous program that should make vulnerable children and adults easier to locate in the lakes area, which add an additional concern, especially with young children.
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