What is Project Lifesaver
Etowah County Sheriff's Office partners with the Pilot Club of Gadsden to provide a system for tracking clients with Alzheimer's, dementia or persons with autism in the event they wander away from their caregiver. Project Lifesaver provides special armbands to assist in locating them if they become lost. The armbands emit radio signals that can be tracked using special equipment. When sheriff's deputies are alerted that a client is missing, the devices are tuned into that person's assigned signal. Most clients are found within a few minutes.
There are currently 19 individuals in Etowah County who participate in Project Lifesaver.
How it works
Armbands may be purchased through Etowah County Sheriff's Office. Some armbands are available at little or no cost for families facing financial hardship, thanks to donations from citizens and support from local foundations. Etowah County Sheriff's Office investigators interview prospective clients and their families. Based on information collected, trained personnel receive authorization to meet with families and place the armband on the individual. Once a month a visit to the home will be made to check on the armband, replace the battery and insure the device is working properly. Personnel is available should a client remove or damage their armband.
How can you receive an armband for someone you care for?
Etowah County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (256) 546-2825
Who do I call if my loved one wanders away?
Call 911 immediately. Be sure to tell dispatchers that the individual has an armband. Dispatchers will notify the appropriate deputies to assist in finding the person as quickly as possible.
How do I donate so that more patients may have armbands?
Donations may be made to the Pilot Club of Gadsden. Just tell them that you want your donation to go toward helping a family be part of Project Lifesaver.
Contact: Sherry McGinnis
A Message From The Sheriff
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