Each year, people leave safe places and put themselves in harm's way by wandering. When people have a limited capacity to understand the danger they pose to themselves, they can find themselves in a life-threatening situation. Project Find Safe staff will support health care agencies, law enforcement and public safety agencies and non-profit organizations to develop holistic approaches designed to prevent and respond effectively to the wandering of individuals with forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease or children with developmental disabilities such as autism. Such approaches include: prevention and response training, development of emergency protocols for school officials and first responders, efforts to ensure the safety of vulnerable individuals; and the implementation and operation of notification systems to assist in the recovery of missing individuals.
Dr. Lori Garnes, Project Director
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Minot State University
800-233-1737 or 701-858-3139