Project Lifesaver of Madison County provides wristband transmitters at no cost to people with Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, or other cognitive disorders who have a history of wandering and becoming lost. Caregivers responsible for the safety of loved ones with these disorders often live in fear the loved one will wander. Project Lifesaver has eased that fear for many Madison County residents. The program is designed to track participants who are traveling on foot. It also has proved to be an asset when other scenarios arise.
The Pilot Club of Huntsville, Inc. is proud to partner with the Madison County Sheriff's Office to provide Project Lifesaver (PLS) in our community.
Project Lifesaver is more than a passive ID bracelet. It's an active system relying on state-of-the-art technology and a specially trained search and rescue team. Clients enrolled in the PLS program wear bracelets that emit a personalized tracking signal. When caregivers notify the Madison County Sheriff's Office that the client is missing, a search and rescue team begins searching with their mobile locator tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times average less than 30 minutes. In hundreds of PLS searches throughout the US, there have been no failures to locate, no reported deaths or serious injuries.
Project Lifesaver is the nation's most effective program for locating and rescuing these individuals. In 1999, the Chesapeake, Virginia Sheriff's Office and the 43rd Virginia Search and Rescue Company began Project Lifesaver, now operating in 50 states and eight Canadian provinces. Alabama is one of only two 100% states. Project Lifesaver of Madison County currently has over 60 Alzheimer’s and autistic persons enrolled in the program.