When someone, young or old, goes missing or gets lost, their loved one can be filled with worry. Luckily, in most instances, the loved one has the ability to communicate with people to find his or her way back home.
Unfortunately, some people do not have this basic ability. They either had it and lost it, or never had it at all. There are hundreds of people with conditions like:
- Down Syndrome
- Any other memory impairment
People with these conditions all require special care to ensure that they are kept happy and safe. When a person with any one of these conditions goes missing, finding him or her can prove to be difficult. They can wander off to who knows where, and even once they are found, communicating with them can be tough for law enforcement.
To try and help law enforcement and families with members who have special needs, many cities and states have special needs registries.
Special needs registry is a database of information that local law enforcement can use to be better equipped to handle any search and rescue activities involving someone with special needs.
To get your loved one onto your area’s local registry, all you have to do is fill out a form.
The form usually includes:
- The family member’s name
- A photograph of the family member
- The family member’s home address
- Emergency contact information
- The family member’s medical diagnosis
- Suggestions on how to best approach the family member
This information can be a vital tool in locating a family member with special needs. With this information in hand, local law enforcement will be able to approach your loved without scaring or upsetting your family member.
As cities continue to grow and advance, they are bringing their registries into the modern age. They can store this information on secure cloud servers that enable their local law enforcement officers to access the info from anywhere. This means they will be able to begin searching for your loved one the moment they find out that he or she is missing. The sooner local law enforcement begins searching for your loved one, the sooner they can find him or her. If you want to ensure that your loved one with special needs will be taken care of in the event of an emergency, look into your cities local special needs registry.