What is Project Lifesaver?

Project Lifesaver is a rapid response program that locates people with brain disorders (i.e., Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and Dementia) who wander away from their caregivers.

How does the program work?

Members enrolled in the program wear a bracelet that contains a battery-operated transmitter that emits a tracking signal. If the member wanders away, the caregiver notifies the Sheriff’s Office. A search and rescue team goes to the wanderer’s area and uses a mobile receiver to pick up the member’s signal, thus locating the person.

Who can be on the program?


Any child or adult who meets all the following requirements:

  1. Lives in Wake County,
  2. Has a diagnosed brain disorder,
  3. Has wandered away from a caregiver in the past,
  4. Has a caregiver who will check the battery every day and keep a daily log,
  5. Will wear the bracelet at all times.

How much does it cost?
The program is FREE.


For additional information, contact:

Project Lifesaver Administrator, Deputy Laura Driver, at 919-856-6495.