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June 10, 2015

Washington Becomes 36th State to Implement Silver Alert

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Governor Jay Inslee today signed legislation creating a Silver Alert system for missing seniors in Washington state.

From the article in the Spokane Spokesman-Review:

The state will use its highway reader signs and radio advisory stations to notify motorists and their passengers about missing seniors who have wandered away from home and may be in danger, under a bill signed into law Wednesday.

Known as a Silver Alert, the state will send out a message through its roadway systems when a person over age 60 with Alzheimer’s or dementia is missing and believed to be unable to return without assistance.

Governor Inslee praised Rep. Sherry Appleton for her sponsorship of Silver Alert legislation:

As he signed Appleton’s bill into law, Gov. Inslee said, “There is no national Silver Alert system, but states that have a Silver Alert system have found that the alerts help recover missing elders faster by quickly advising the public to be on the lookout as they would for a child under an AMBER alert. I want to recognize Rep. Appleton’s dedication, advocacy and tireless pursuit of the passage of this legislation.”

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