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July 16, 2013

Alaska Governor Signs Silver Alert into Law

by silveralertbill

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed Silver Alert legislation into law, making Alaska the 29th state to adopt a recovery system for missing seniors and vulnerable adults.

“This bill will place in statute and more fully implement a valuable public notification system to help ensure the search for Alaska’s missing vulnerable adults happens quickly and efficiently,” Governor Parnell said. “We treasure our seniors in Alaska and we want to keep them safe. The Silver Alert system will help us do that.”

House Bill 59, dubbed the Silver Alert and sponsored by Representative Max Gruenberg, requires the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Department of Public Safety to develop and implement notification plans to more quickly locate missing vulnerable adults. Governor Parnell signed the legislation at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

The measure calls for the state departments of Public Safety and Military and Veterans’ Affairs to develop and implement response and notification plans to help locate missing vulnerable adults. A vulnerable adult is defined as someone 18 or older who, because of physical or mental impairment, cannot meet the person’s own needs or seek help without assistance.

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