PROJECT LIFESAVER

Beaufort County, SC

Let's bring them home!

When searching for wandering or lost persons with conditions like Alzheimer’s or Dementia, time is always of the essence. By using technology and specially trained search and rescue teams, Project Lifesaver saves valuable time when such situations arise. We are fortunate to have such an effective resource and to be able to provide this service at no cost to program participants.

  • Project Lifesaver’s mission is to use state of the art technology to find persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other related mental dysfunction disorders who wander and become lost.
  • A lost person with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia disorder represents a critical emergency. They are often unaware of their situation. They may not call out for help and sometimes do not respond to people calling out to them.
  • Over 5,000,000 people in the USA have Alzheimer's and related disorders. This number is expected to triple by 2050. Well over 50% of these people wander and become lost.

Each participant is fitted with a personalized Project Lifesaver wristband.

This unique wristband is a one ounce battery-operated transmitter that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day.

This signal can be tracked by our specially trained personnel on the ground or in the air.

Project Lifesaver emphasizes relationships between specially trained Sheriff’s personnel and the people who may wander before the need may arise for a rescue. Initially, Sheriff’s Deputies will conduct a home visit to install the personalized wristband transmitter and provide family members or care providers a comprehensive overview of the program. Trained in communicating with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease, deputies will schedule a monthly home visit to inspect and maintain the equipment to insure its operability.

If a loved one should wander off, a simple call placed to 911 will begin the process of alerting the appropriate officers to the sufferers last known location. The Sheriff’s Office can deploy officers geared with receivers capable of identifying and locating an individual. The Sheriff’s office can also utilize air units to track a person within a 7-mile-radius and use this capability to direct search teams on the ground.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office can respond rapidly in the event that the wearer becomes missing. The Project Lifesaver program was developed by the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office in Virginia. Hundreds of rescues have taken place with the use of Project Lifesaver. The average rescue time remains under 30 minutes.

For more information contact: Sgt. Katrina Light at(843)255-3410 or
  Cpl. Meredith Florencio at (843)255-3419