Officials with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department and Taunton Police Department in Massachusetts attribute the CodeRED emergency notification system with helping them quickly locate a missing elderly man on October 16, 2014.
According to the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, the Taunton Police Department called in to report a missing 76-year-old man suffering from dementia who went missing. They requested use of the CodeRED system to help locate the man who was last seen heading toward the city.
Plymouth County mapped a specific geographic area to reach approximately 33,000 residents within a 5-mile radius of where the man was last seen. Using an integrated message approach, residents in the area received telephone calls to their landlines and cell phones, emails and push notifications through the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. Plymouth County’s advanced mobile strategy allowed them to reach more than 130 residents through the CodeRED Mobile Alert app based on the GPS of their smartphones.
Within 15 minutes of the messages being delivered, a person who had received the CodeRED call said a person matching the missing elderly man’s description wandered to his doorstep. He contacted Taunton Police, who immediately responded and reunited the man safely with his family.
“It’s a really big deal to us that we can use our tools like CodeRED to help find people. If we didn’t have a system like this it may have taken hours for him to be found,” said Nicole Callahan, Deputy Director of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. “I take that as a complete success and that’s exactly how the system is supposed to work.”
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