VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Former Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf has signed up as a client for Project Lifesaver, a program that helps local law enforcement find missing senior citizens or other at-risk people in the community.
"I spoke to a group of people who were married to [people with Alzheimer's,]" said Oberndorf. "I tried and tried to see if I could overcome this problem, and I wanted to see how other people are handling it."
Oberndorf is Virginia Beach's longest serving Mayor, serving 20 years as Mayor, and before that 12 years as a member of City Council. She has a history of helping people, and she's doing the same thing with this new project -- she wants to encourage the public to do the same and be safe.
"It makes sense to me," she said.
"This speaks volumes for the credibility of the program and for Mayor Oberndorf and her desire to continue to be a model for our city," said VB Police Chief James A. Cervera.
Project Lifesaver is a national proactive, electronic tracking, program used to assist in locating people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders or children with Down's Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder that wander from home and become lost.
Here's how it works. The client's frequency is put in a receiver, and the transmitter in the bracelet alerts the receiver with a signal that gets louder as it gets closer to the client.
Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver is funded by volunteers with 287 active radio frequency clients, making Virginia Beach the largest in the world to use the technology.
"We can work together, and the police are being wonderful, and so are a lot of thoughtful volunteers in the community," said Oberndorf. "Virginia Beach is known for her volunteers."
If you would like to sign a loved one up for Project Lifesaver, click here. Or call Virginia Beach Officer Allen Perry at 757-385-2742, who will get you one for free.
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