The Silver Alert system, effective July 1, 2009, mandates that law enforcement immediately begin searching for missing individuals who are ages 65 or older, or ages 18 and over if mentally impaired. For more detailed information, visit the State Department of Aging: http://www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?Q=442724&A=2513
Once the police receive a missing person’s report and a description of the missing person, the information is broadcast via radio, television, and electronic highway signs through the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
The plan alerts the public as quickly as possible to the disappearance so everyone may assist in the search for the safe return of the individual. Silver Alert is similar to the Amber Alert, which is for missing children.
SOURCE: Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection: http://www.ct.gov/despp/site/default.asp ; Connecticut State Department on Aging
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