Safety Resources + Information

Autism ALERT, Inc

Autism ALERT, Inc. strives to encourage a strong and purposeful partnership between individuals with autism and their caregivers, first responders, and the communities in which they live. Our mission is three-fold:

     (1) Educate first responders and health care professionals on how to recognize and interact with persons on the autism spectrum.

     (2) Train caregivers on how to prepare for emergencies and prevent tragedies. 

     (3) Develop and promote community partnerships.



Autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community. Dennis Debbaudt was first to address the interactions between law enforcement and people with autism in his 1994 report Avoiding Unfortunate Situations. He has authored a book, nearly 40 reports, book chapters and produced innovative and acclaimed training videos for law enforcement and first responders such as paramedics, fire rescue, police, and hospital staff who may respond to an autism emergency. Dennis has written for the FBI's Law Enforcement Bulletin, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a cited resource for the Department of Homeland Security. He has developed training and consulted to the NYPD and Chicago Police Department. Since 1995, he has presented training throughout the United States and overseas. For more information on training opportunities and speaking engagements, please visit

Autism, Law Enforcement & First Responder Training Video from Autism One conference (one of the largest autism conferences in our country):

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The Autism Safety Project is designed to provide families affected by autism with tips, information, expert advice and resources so that everyone in our community can stay out of harm's way.

Kevin and Avonte's (Update as of February 24, 2020) Law Looks to Fund Tracking Devices for Children with Autism:

2020 Update:



The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.

The AWAARE Collaboration will work to prevent wandering incidents and wandering-related deaths within the autism community through the use of collective organizational resources, and by establishing and monitoring objectives, guidelines, policies, and tools that will promote awareness, education, prevention and safety.

National Autism Association has created two new safety toolkits that can be downloaded here:

Caregiver Toolkit | First Responder Toolkit
Many more resources at:


Our goal at Care Trak is to save lives. Care Trak created telemetry based tracking for people at risk in 1986. Since then our equipment has located thousands of Alzheimer’s wanderers and children with special needs such as Autism, Down syndrome and other conditions and brought them home safely.


EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM (McCracken County Residents)

In addition to Project Lifesaver, Families on the Spectrum has also launched a new

program that allows you to flag your loved one within the McCracken County emergency

management system. Flagging an individual/address/vehicle in the Computer-Aided

Dispatch (CAD) system allows law enforcement to not only be aware of the sensitive needs

of your loved on the spectrum but can also include information to help them locate an

individual if missing, take precautionary measures when approaching a vehicle or home,

and to learn more information about an individual that may be beneficial during a time of

crisis. Download the Special Needs Emergency Contact and Identifying Form and return it

to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department or mailed to:McCracken Co. Sheriff's Dept.


ATTN: Det. Sarah Martin

301 South 6th Street

Paducah, KY 42003


Having this form in the CAD system could be a life-saving tool during a crisis. The more

information law enforcement has access to during a time of need, the better they can assist

your loved one and family. 

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The Law Enforcement Awareness Network
It is the mission of L.E.A.N. On Us to provide first responders with information and resources that will allow them to better serve individuals within their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental illness.


SafetyNet™ by LoJack® addresses the risks associated with the growing market of people with cognitive conditions that wander and become lost. SafetyNet includes a bracelet worn by a client that has a condition such as Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome and dementia and who is at risk of wandering. If the client goes missing, his or her caregiver reports the incident. Public Safety agencies that LoJack trains, certifies and equips with special SafetyNet Search and Rescue equipment are dispatched. These trained public safety personnel track the signal being emitted from the bracelet worn by the client.By using the SafetyNet™ service, public safety agencies can more effectively find and rescue People at Risk, eliminating traditional searches that often take countless man-hours.  And, caregivers gain peace of mind knowing that when a loved one wanders off, there’s a way to bring them back safe and sound.


MedicAlert Foundation® is a non-profit, charitable, and membership-based organization dedicated to the well being of others. Founded in 1956 by Dr. Marion and Chrissie Collins, the foundation's mission is to protect and save lives by serving as the global information link between members and emergency responders during medical emergencies and other times of need. As a non-profit organization, MedicAlert Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of highly respected national leaders from the healthcare profession and business.


First Responders can access your profile in 5 seconds or less, telling them who you are, who to contact, and how to save your life. MyID stores all of your medical information in one place for quick and easy reference. Our platform provides an extensive medical profile that is immediately available anytime, anywhere. You can connect directly with other MyID users in a trusted, secure network and talk openly about medications, doctors, and insurance programs that directly affect you.


Autism and Safety Resources on Wandering, Safety Products, Service Dogs, Personal Locating & Medical Devices, For First Aide Responders & Caregivers, Restraint & Seclusion, & Bullying:

Big Red Safety Box (Safety Kit):

NAA's Big Red Safety Shop (Safety Products):

It is estimated that one out every 68 individuals has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and according to a 2012 study in Pediatrics, 49% of children with ASD have a tendency to wander or bolt from safe settings. Individuals with ASD are often attracted to water, yet have little to no sense of danger. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children with ASD. ASD wandering behaviors happen under every type of supervision and are usually a form of communication — an “I need,” “I want,” or “I don’t want.” Individuals with ASD will wander or bolt to get to something of interest, or away from something bothersome.          

          - Nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior- Increased risks are associated with autism severity.          

          - More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or                   phone number.         

          - Half of families report they have never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional.          

          - Accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90% of lethal outcomes.         

          - Other dangers include dehydration; heat stroke; hypothermia; traffic injuries; falls; physical restraint; encounters  with    

            strangers. Learn more at:


"At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® we believe every child deserves a safe childhood. For 29 years we have been at the forefront of the fight to keep children safer from abduction and sexual exploitation. We provide the resources needed to help protect children, bring perpetrators to justice and prevent these devastating crimes committed against children."


"The Autism Society began the Safe and Sound TM initiative in 2005 to provide much-needed resources on topics such as general safety, emergency preparedness and prevention, and risk management. Safe and Sound works to develop information and strategies to benefit individuals on the spectrum, their families and the professionals who work with them. Another significant aspect of Safe and Sound is to provide information and training to first responders — those who are first on the scene in an emergency situation."

Select Autism Merchandise (SAM)

Projects for Individuals with Autism and Those Who Care About Them. Safety Kits and more.

"Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations." MCCRACKEN COUNTY RESIDENTS: Families on the Spectrum and the McCracken County Sheriff's Department have relaunched Project Lifesaver in the McCracken County area. This program is free of charge to qualifying McCracken County residents. However, due to the cost of batteries (changed every 6 weeks) and maintenance of program equipment, a $25 monthly donation to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department is strongly encouraged. Please note with your donation that funds should be used specifically for Project Lifesaver. Donations can be mailed to McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Attn: Det. Sarah Martin, 301 South 6th Street, Paducah KY 42003. If you have a loved on the spectrum in need of a tracking device, please contact Detective Sarah Martin at the McCracken County Sheriff's Department at (270) 444-4719 ext. 2511 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about PLI, please view the McCracken County Project Lifesaver brochure and videos from Project Lifesaver International below.


GRAVES COUNTY RESIDENTS: Contact the Graves County Sheriff's Department at (270) 247-4501 to enroll your loved one in Project Lifesaver.


*Special Note: To date, McCracken County and Graves County are the only counties in our area with Project Lifesaver. We are actively working to expand PLI to neighboring counties. Please check back often as we report new information.*


"The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.

Working hand in hand with trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International (PLI) will help you save time, money and most importantly, your loved ones."

More Resources:

Why Choose Project Lifesaver?

Project Lifesaver Brochure

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For more safety information and resources, please visit HERE.