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Project Lifesaver International, a Preparedness Resource

28 May

Project Lifesaver International is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization that bridges the technological gap for “at-risk” populations and public safety agencies. Project Lifesaver provides police, fire/rescue and other first responders with a comprehensive program including equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue “at-risk” individuals with cognitive disorders who are at constant risk to the life-threatening behavior of wandering including those with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and Down syndrome. The organization represents over 1,200 law enforcement and first responder agencies throughout 47 states, the District of Columbia, three provinces in Canada, and Australia.project_lifesaver_logo

The methods in place that make Project Lifesaver so effective rely on proven radio technology and specially-trained search and rescue teams. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter that emits an individualized tracking signal, and if an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. While the primary focus for PLI is to assist those suffering with such diseases and their families, in the scope of preparing for a worst-case-scenario, the ideals are closely connected.

This technology can also be useful during times of disaster or distress, as it serves as a valuable tool with finding loved ones who may be trapped or injured in the event of a natural disaster. The large group of qualified, experienced rescue workers associated with Project Lifesaver know the proper measures to use in order to help preserve life and assist those in need, which can educate volunteers and the general public on the importance of such procedures and knowledge.

Ultimately, the primary mission for Project Lifesaver International is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander to Alzheimer’s, autism, or other related conditions or disorders. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers and volunteers, and even countless of hours and money to conduct. Since time is always of the essence, no matter the conditions and parameters of the search, organizations like Project Lifesaver work very hard to provide the essential resources in not only saving time and money in the event of an emergency, but your loved ones as well.

Here’s a short video displaying the Project Lifesaver’s mission. For information on joining or learning about benefits and knowledge that Project Lifesaver can provide, please call (757) 546-5502 or visit ProjectLifesaver.org today!

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