What Is a Silver Alert in Florida?

What Is a Silver Alert in Florida?

A Silver Alert in Florida is a system of raising awareness of cognitively impaired missing persons, particularly with the use of dynamic roadside message signs. Such persons may have Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and may have gone missing either in a vehicle or on foot. They are typically reported by family members and cases are handled by local law enforcement agencies.

Once the Silver Alert is issued, family members are contacted by a Memory Disorder Center that offers support and specialist services.

In addition to broadcasting Silver Alerts to the general public via dynamic roadside message signs, email alerts are also issued to those who sign up for the service. Recent Silver Alerts can also be found online.

The Silver Alert system has been effective at locating missing persons on a number of occasions. In February of 2014, for example, a 73-year-old woman in Palm Beach County was returned home by law enforcement after being recognized by a store clerk. Similarly, in Brevard County during April 2014, an 82-year-old man was recognized by a gas station clerk who called law enforcement.

In April of 2014, a citizen witnessed a missing 79-year-old woman's vehicle while driving, having seen a roadside Silver Alert. The citizen notified authorities and the woman was returned home safely.