Silver Alert in Florida

What is Florida’s Silver Alert?

“To report a missing person, or if you have information pertaining to an active Silver Alert, please call your local law enforcement immediately; do not wait.** Florida’s Silver Alert is for cognitively impaired individuals who become lost while driving a car. Silver Alert is a plan to help local law enforcement in the rescue of missing persons who have a cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Through the use of dynamic message signs along Florida roadways, Silver Alerts are broadcast to the public.

For more information: http://www.floridasilveralert.com/

History

On October 9. 2008 Governor Charlie Crist signed Executive Order 08-211 enacting Florida’s “Silver Alert”, which allows the immediate broadcast of information to the public regarding missing elders with dementia or other cognitive impairment.

 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 95 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease who wander are found within a quarter-mile of their place of residence or the last location seen. Silver Alerts will help local law enforcement find elders with dementia or other cognitive impairment and return them home safely. For families and caregivers of loved ones assisted by the Silver Alert, it will also increase awareness of the possibility of future problems or the need for additional assistance.

Governor Crist was joined by Mary Lallucci, an advocate for the Silver Alert program. Lallucci’s 86-year-old mother Mary Zelter disappeared after signing out of her assisted living facility in Largo to drive to the supermarket. A week later, Zelter and the vehicle she was driving were found in the inter-coastal waterway, about nine miles from her assisted living facility. Zelter suffered from dementia.