The purpose of the Silver Alert Notice System, as created by NDCC 39-03-13.2, is to locate an individual identified as a disabled adult, or vulnerable elderly adult, or a minor who has a developmental disability and has been reported to law enforcement authorities as missing. North Dakota’s Silver Alert legislation was signed by Governor Doug Burgum on May 3, 2017.
Based upon the national success of AMBER and Blue Alert plans, and using the same notification systems, Silver Alerts provide a quick response system designed to receive, analyze and coordinate dissemination of identifying information to the public about a vulnerable individual that is missing. The broadcasts solicit public action to locate the individual, enabling safe and swift recovery of the individual by law enforcement officers.
Upon the request of a law enforcement agency that is investigating a missing person, NDHP shall activate a silver alert public notice to aid in locating the individual when the following criteria has been met:
- The missing person involves a disabled or vulnerable elderly adult who has been reported to law enforcement as missing; or
- The missing person involves a minor who has developmental disabilities who has been reported to law enforcement as missing; and
- There is descriptive information about the minor or adult and/or motor vehicle involved, to assist with the safe recovery of the person; and
- There is enough usable information about the person and/or vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast will provide the public with enough descriptive information to help locate the person or vehicle.
The Silver Alert is included in the Emergency Alert System (EAS) where state and local law enforcement have the capability to push immediate warnings out to the public via broadcast, cable and satellite providers as well as to consumer smartphones through the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. Learn more about the WEA system.