The Florida Silver Alert Plan was put into effect on October 8, 2008 through Executive Order 08-211.
The State Silver Alert is a tool designed to create a standardized and coordinated response in the event a person with an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties (e.g. dementia or Alzheimer’s) becomes lost while operating a motor vehicle.
The population of those who suffer from an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties is predicted to continue to grow; the Florida Silver Alert helps to ensure that Florida’s seniors are afforded the protection that they deserve.
The public can play an important role in the rescue of missing elderly persons with an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties (e.g. dementia or Alzheimer's). One way to do this is to be on the lookout for the missing person or their vehicle when a Silver Alert is activated in your area.
Another way the public can assist is by being aware of those around you and recognizing when a senior is in need of assistance. If you come into contact with a senior who appears lost or disoriented, and you have reason to believe that person will not be able to find their way home, you may be able to help prevent a Silver Alert by contacting law enforcement or, in the case of a family member, friend or neighbor, aiding the person in finding their way home.