Emergency Coordination

L.A. Found is more than technology. It’s peace of mind in knowing that first responders are doing everything in their power to help locate a vulnerable missing person.

In addition to launching the Project Lifesaver bracelet system countywide, L.A. Found provides a uniform and coordinated response to missing persons with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and/or Autism and other cognitive impairments.

Los Angeles County has improved collaboration among law enforcement agencies and/or municipalities and enhanced training for law enforcement who may encounter a wandering or missing person.

1Call 9-1-1 and file a missing person’s report

  • Advise the officer that the missing person is vulnerable because they have Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism or other cognitive impairment.
  • While on the phone with the 911 operator, be clear in telling the operator if the missing person was wearing a Project Lifesaver Bracelet (or any other type of tracking device).  This will ensure search and rescue team are notified without delay. If the missing person is wearing a Project Lifesaver bracelet, provide the device number (if available).
  • If the missing individual is a child, after making the missing person report to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).


2Here’s what you can do to assist in the missing person search:

  • Have a recent photo of the missing individual and list of medications;
  • Be prepared to answer common questions, such as:
    • Do you have a list of places they have wandered before?
    • Where was the last location the missing person was seen?
    • What were they wearing?
    • Do they have a nickname they preferred to be called by?
    • Did they have a Project Lifesaver bracelet or other ID jewelry on them? Make sure to alert the 911 operator right away!
  • Activate your family/friends phone tree to help spread the word
    • Pre-set family/friends in a Group text message; and
    • Include recent photo on social media or with your text messages


3Once they are found, consider Tracking Technology. Do your research to determine the technology that may best fit you and your loved ones needs:


After I call 9-1-1 and file a missing person report, what can I do?

Stay right where you are, while an officer makes their way to the emergency and/or conducts the search. The reporting party will have direct contact with a liaison at all times.

How long is the missing person report active?

Until the missing person is reported found/located.

Is the Project Lifesaver bracelet always on?

Yes. While the Project LifeSaver bracelet is not under constant monitoring, when an individual wearing a bracelet goes missing, the Sheriff’s Department will be able to use handheld and/or helicopter-mounted receivers to locate the missing person by tuning to the frequency of the missing person’s transmitter.

How do I get a Project Lifesaver bracelet?

To get a bracelet, read the information in the Tracking Technology page.

How much does the Project Lifesaver bracelet cost?

$325.00 plus shipping and handling. There are leasing opportunities available through Project Lifesaver.

Can I get a Project Lifesaver bracelet for free?

There is currently a waiting list to receive a free bracelet. Please contact WDACS at 1-833-569-7651 or LAFound@WDACS.LACOUNTY.GOV to be placed on the list.

Does L.A. County work with any other tracking devices that help vulnerable individuals?

Yes! While Project Lifesaver is supported by the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles County, there are other options in the marketplace which rely on cellular, GPS or a combination of technologies.

Unlike Project Lifesaver, most competing technologies require costly monthly or annual service fees paid to a provider. Each technology has pluses and minuses and no one technology is right for every person and we encourage you to do your research to find the technology that is right for you and our loved one.

Project Lifesaver is a proven effective technology that has worked nationwide for decades with an excellent record of accomplishment of successfully locating lost loved ones and there are no monthly or annual service fees aside from periodic battery changes.

No matter what technology a family or caretaker chooses, any locator device is better than no technology at all! Regardless of what technology you use, make sure to let the 911 operator know if the person was equipped with Project Lifesaver or another tracking device. First responders will use whatever technology that person is equipped with to help locate your loved one.

What else can I do to prevent a person with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other cognitive impairment from going missing?

Many organizations in Los Angeles County assist in providing wandering prevention assistance. For links to their sites, please check our resources page.