Wisconsin's Silver Alert program: What you need to know
Who is eligible for a Silver Alert?
- A Silver Alert may be issued for any missing person who is over age 60 and is believed to have Alzheimer’s, dementia or another permanent cognitive impairment that poses a threat to the individual’s health and safety.
What criteria have to be met in order to issue a Silver Alert?
The following criteria have to be met in order for a Silver Alert to be issued:
- There is a reasonable belief that the missing person’s disappearance is due to the individual’s impaired cognitive condition.
- The Silver Alert request is made within 72 hours of the individual’s disappearance.
- There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the missing person.
How do I access Silver Alert?
Silver Alert is accessed through your local law enforcement agency. Your first step when a loved one is missing is to contact your local police department.
How can I make Silver Alert work for me?
- Maintain a recent picture of the person in electronic form that can be used to help find the missing person.
- Keep a recent picture of the car the person may be driving.
- Note any markings on the car that could make it easier to identify (dents, vanity plates, bumper stickers).
Additional help in finding a missing senior with dementia:
- Consider including your name on bank and cell phone accounts. By doing so, you can authorize law enforcement to locate and track your loved one through the wireless carrier or by monitoring bank transactions.
- Install an app on your computer or cell phone that allows you to track where your loved one’s cell phone is located at any time.
- Purchase a personal GPS unit that can be carried or worn.
How will Silver Alerts be distributed?
Silver Alerts may be broadcast through television and radio, digital billboards, and lottery display terminals. Alerts also may be displayed on highway digital messaging signs through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Can I receive Silver Alerts?
Anyone can receive Silver Alerts at no cost. Alerts can be sent to you either by fax, e-mail or text message. Register at www.wisconsincrimealert.gov.
For additional information or to become an Alzheimer’s advocate contact ADAW, toll-free 888.308.6251 or our main office line, 608.232.3400.