New Mexico Silver Alert Takes Effect
On July 1, 2013, the New Mexico Silver Alert program went into effect. Governor Susana Martinez praised the program as a way to “protect seniors who might not be able to protect themselves.”
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican:
New Mexico implemented a new statewide Silver Alert warning system Monday to help in helping find missing people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Similar to the Amber Alert program for abducted children, the Silver Alert system provides for emergency distribution of notices when someone 50 years or older is missing and has a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s.
Gov. Susana Martinez praised the new law during a news conference in Albuquerque, only hours after an alert by police in the state’s largest city helped in locating a 71-year-old man who had been reported missing by his family Monday morning.