The Branson Police department is now accepting applications for Project Lifesaver, a program that offers free tracking bracelets to local families with “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. This could include children with autism, head injury patients, or even for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to walk away or wander off. A transmitter is fitted to the at risk individual and a radio receiver is then used to track the location of the transmitter if they wander off. This reduces the time in locating an individual from hours to mere minutes.
“Hopefully this is something we never have to use but if we do we are prepared and ready to go. As with any missing person, timing is crucial. This is going to help significantly reduce response times to get people home safe as quickly as possible,” said Lt. Sean Barnwell.
This program also trains first responders to understand the behaviors of individuals with these conditions so they are able to interact with this growing population in an effective and successful manner.
Initial funding for the seven bracelets and two receivers was provided by Branson’s “Benefit the Badge.” The police are looking for more funding for this project and hope to be able to offer the bracelets to tourists or people on vacation while they are in town.
Residents can pick up an application at the Branson police department or find it on our website here: https://www.bransonmo.gov/629/4334/Project-Lifesaver
For more information please call Lieutenant Barnwell at (417) 337-8593