Silver Amber Alert
Finding Our Missing Elderly
Modeled after the Amber Alert System, this network helps locate wanderers.
Texas Alzheimer's & Memory Care Communities
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.
All six (6) criteria must be met in order to activate the
- 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).
- 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
- 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
- Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies;
- Texas Department of Transportation
Highway Signs (if applicable per criteria);
Lottery Commission; and
- Independent Bankers Association of Texas.
Public awareness is key toward ensuring expedient access to
the Silver Alert Program. Together, we can all help towards saving the lives of
- It is recommended that all Texas senior citizens, 65 years
and older with an impaired mental condition, have acceptable documentation of that
- Accepted documentation by the DPS, is defined as a signed
and dated statement issued on a physicianís letterhead, diagnosing the mental
- 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.
Capital of Texas Chapter
Greater Dallas Chapter
Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
North Central Texas Chapter
ALZHEIMERíS DISEASE PROGRAM
Texas Department of State Health Services
TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Texas Department of Public Safety
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.