Project Lifesaver is a nationwide tracking program established to locate and rescue missing persons.

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  Project Lifesaver - Help with Wandering

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Project Lifesaver International (PLI) helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, dementia and other related disorders. PLI, teaming with LoJack SafetyNet, provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups which operate the Project Lifesaver program in their communities. PLI has over 1,000 participating agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed over 1,900 searches in the last 10 years with a 100% success rate.

A program of The National Autism Association (NAA) aims at providing families and counties nationwide with safety tools for children with autism. Project Lifesaver is a nationwide tracking program established to locate and rescue missing persons, namely those with cognitive impairments and developmental disabilities.  "It's a brilliant program with a 100% recovery rate," says NAA Executive Director Rita Shreffler.

Project Lifesaver® relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team. Clients that are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver® program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver® agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. In over 2000 searches, there have been no reported serious injuries or deaths. Recovery times average less than 30 minutes.

To learn more about Project Lifesaver, visit
Parents and caregivers can also find safety tips on NAA's site at

Project Lifesaver in Iowa: So far in Iowa, project Lifesaver is in 11 counties. To enroll your child in these counties, Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, Sioux, O'Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Buena Vista, or anywhere in Iowa - call Julie Johnson, Iowa Project Lifesaver Coordinator at 712-330-6001 or email her at .  In Clay County call the Sheriff's Office at 712-262-3221 or email .  NOTE:  Project Lifesaver is also in Scott and Woodbury Counties in Iowa.


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