PORT WASHINGTON — Every second counts when a person with dementia or Alzheimer's disease goes missing.
That's why TODAY'S TMJ4 immediately share Silver Alerts with you whenever we get them.
In a moments notice, the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Silver Alert program can get alerts on the news, DOT signs, digital billboards and even state lotto terminals.
Ozaukee County has taken an extra step, allowing residents to register individuals in advance in case the worst happens.
Ozaukee County Sheriff James Johnson says preparation is key to saving someone you love and time is crucial.
"Time and distance can create greater problems in finding someone," Johnson said.
Johnson has a personal connection to this issue. His father-in-law lived with Alzheimer's.
"There's triggers with Alzheimer's or dementia that can cause patients to wander or be upset," Johnson said.
In order to qualify as a Silver Alert, the missing person must be:
- More than 60 years old
- Disappearance must be reported in first 72 hours
- Need an updated photo you can email as soon as possible
"I cant stress a recent photo because even a photo from 5 years ago it may not look like the same person," Johnson said.
- Also submit photos of your family vehicles, including the license plate numbers, even if the person no longer drives.
Click here for more information about the Silver Alert Program.
Click here to learn more about the Ozaukee County safety registry for people of all ages residing in Ozaukee County that may become lost or confused in the community and not be able to find their way home.