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Apps Help If Elderly Parent Or Child Wanders Off (+podcast)

Saturday, May 19, 2018
NCMEC/FBI

(K-LOVE News - Billie Branham) – No one wants to imagine their child wandering off in the middle of the grocery store. But we all know it can happen and it does. Two smartphone apps aid police in these scary situations.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NCMEC, has an app called Safety Central. It stores your child’s fingerprints, offers tips and is a companion to the paper ID kit.

Callahan Walsh, whose parents co-founded the organization, tells K-LOVE News it’s important to do preparation for the unthinkable, “It’s going to be the most frantic moment of your life. And to recall the information quickly and accurately can be difficult for some parents under that type of stress.”

The FBI has an app that works with Safety Central. The Child ID app allows you to take photos and document characteristics of your child. Gina Swankie, a specialist with the FBI, says the app has no age restrictions and can be used for the elderly as well.

“Those people that you care about most in your life can be added to this…and you can also download all of their medication information and everything else. Which would be a concern if you have to put out a silver alert.”

All information on the apps is not shared with anyone unless you choose for that to happen in an emergency situation. Photos, personal details and medication information is stored on your smartphone only, not in any database.

Each app is not intended to take the place of contacting authorities but rather to work with them to help bring your loved one home.

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