Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, Commissioner of Mental Health and Social Services Darcie Miller and Sheriff Carl E. DuBois announce that Orange County is now utilizing Project Lifesaver, the premier search and rescue program operated by public safety agencies. It is strategically designed for “at risk” residents with Autism, Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions who are prone to the dangerous behavior of wandering from safety. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide a timely response to save lives and reduce potential injuries.
Residents enrolled in Project Lifesaver receive a plastic bracelet containing a waterproof radio transmitter which is assigned to a radio frequency that is unique to them and their geographical area of the County. The bracelet can be worn on the client’s wrist or ankle. If the enrolled person wanders or is missing, the caregiver should immediately call 911. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will be dispatched with locator equipment to start a search with other emergency resources.
The cost for an initial kit is $300, but financial assistance may be available for those in need. Bands and straps in vinyl or nylon are $1.75 each. Nylon bands require a snap lock that cost 25 cents. Six batteries are needed for the bracelet and it is advised that they be checked regularly and changed every 60 days.
For more information about Project Lifesaver, call the Orange County Department of Mental Health at 291-2622 or visit www.orangecountygov.com or orangecountynyddconnection.com.