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Texas Silver Alert - Help Finding Missing Elderly.

Steps to Finding Missing Elderly in Texas


In response to legislation enacted September 1, 2007, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) implemented the Texas Silver Alert Network as a means to assist law enforcement in the recovery of missing senior citizens statewide.  Silver Alerts typically resemble those alerts issued for abducted children (AMBER Alerts), using similar notification technologies (with the exception of the Emergency Alert System - EAS) to alert the public.

Activation - Steps to Finding Our Missing Texas Elderly

All six (6) criteria must be met in order to activate the Network:

  • Is the missing person 65 years of age or older?
  • Is the senior citizenís domicile in Texas?
  • Does the senior citizen have a diagnosed impaired mental condition, and does the senior citizenís disappearance pose a credible threat to the senior citizenís health and safety?  (Law  enforcement shall require the family or legal guardian of the missing senior citizen to provide documentation from a medical  or mental health professional of the senior citizenís condition).

Texas Silver Alert

  • Is it confirmed that an investigation has taken place verifying that the senior citizenís disappearance is due to his/her impaired mental condition, and alternative reasons for the senior citizenís disappearance have been ruled out?
  • Is the Silver Alert request within 72 hours of the senior citizenís disappearance?
  • Is there sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the senior citizen? (Highway signs will be activated only if accurate vehicle information is available AND it is confirmed that the senior citizen was driving the vehicle at the time of the disappearance).

Once the DPS has confirmed a request by law enforcement meets the criteria above, the Texas Division of Emergency Management immediately notifies the following for dissemination of information within the advisory area:

  • Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies;
  • Participating media outlets;
  • Texas Department of Transportation Highway Signs (if applicable per criteria);
  • Texas Lottery Commission; and
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

What Can You Do?

Public awareness is key toward ensuring expedient access to the Silver Alert Program. Together, we can all help towards saving the lives of others.

  • It is recommended that all Texas senior citizens, 65 years and older with an impaired mental condition, have acceptable documentation of that condition.
  • Accepted documentation by the DPS, is defined as a signed and dated statement issued on a physicianís letterhead, diagnosing the mental impairment.
  • Discuss obtaining proper documentation with caregivers and legal guardians, before a wandering incident takes place.
  • If a risk for wandering has been identified in the patient, refer the family to the Alzheimerís Association for information on wandering triggers and prevention at www.alz.org or (800) 272-3900.
  • Encourage families to create a wandering person profile containing the name, date of birth, current photo, physical description, clothing description, documented diagnosis, vehicle information, license plate number, and a list of previous residences and favorite places.

Contact Information

(800) 272-3900
Capital of Texas Chapter
Greater Dallas Chapter
Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
North Central Texas Chapter
Star Chapter
(800) 272-3900

Texas Department of State Health Services
(800) 242-3399

Texas Department of Public Safety
(512) 424-2208

Training Information

If your organization would like training regarding the Texas Silver Alert Program, contact the State AMBER, Blue and Silver Alert Program Coordinator at (512) 424-2208.

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