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.”
Washington State Representative Sherry Appleton has introduced House Bill 1021, legislation to create a Silver Alert program for Washington.
From KUOW Radio:
When the Legislature convenes next week, Rep. Sherry Appleton plans to introduce a bill for a silver alert system in Washington state.
Similar to the Amber Alert for children, this alert would be for elderly people with dementia who wander off. Appleton says 60 people went missing in the past year.
“Six-zero,” says Appleton. “I think it’s a lot of people.”
Appleton says a silver alert could have helped those missing people.