L.A. Found is more than technology. It’s peace of mind in knowing that first responders are doing everything in their power to help locate a vulnerable missing person.
In addition to launching the Project Lifesaver bracelet system countywide, L.A. Found provides a uniform and coordinated response to missing persons with Alzheimer’s, dementia and/or autism and other cognitive impairments.
Los Angeles County has improved collaboration among law enforcement agencies and/or municipalities and enhanced training for law enforcement who may encounter a wandering or missing person.
- Contact 911 immediately if your loved one goes missing. Do not wait!
- Notify the 911 operator that the missing person is vulnerable because they have Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism or other cognitive impairment.
- If the person is wearing a Project Lifesaver bracelet, provide the Radio Frequency number of the bracelet.
- Advise the operator of the last time the battery was checked and replaced.
- Advise the 911 operator to contact the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department Mental Evaluation Team if they have any questions regarding the Project Lifesaver technology.
- If the person is wearing any other type of location technology, notify the 911 operator of the name and type of technology.
To assist in the missing person report and search:
– Have a recent photo of the missing individual and list of medications;
– Be prepared to answer common questions, such as:
- Do you have a list of places they have wandered before?
- Where was the last location the missing person was seen?
- What were they wearing?
- Do they have a nickname they preferred to be called by?
- When the individual is upset, what helps calm him/her down?
- Did they have a Project Lifesaver bracelet or other ID jewelry on them?
- When was the last time the battery on the bracelet was checked?
- When was the last time the battery on the bracelet was replaced?
- Make sure to alert the 911 operator right away!
– Activate your family/friends phone to tree to help spread the word
- Pre-set family/friends in a Group text message; and
- Include recent photo on social media or with your text messages
- Alert family/friends of any type of tracking technology the individual is currently using.
Prevention is key. Once they are found, consider Tracking Technology or any preventative methods to deal with wandering. Great resources are available through our Resource Page. Do your research to determine the technology that may best fit you and your loved ones needs: