Keeping your older family members safe

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Over the past few days, Houston County crews were busy searching for a missing senior citizen.

That woman was found alive in the woods Monday night. Had she signed up for the county's public safety system, she would have been discovered sooner.

James Brazier is Houston County's jail commander. He recommends families sign up for Operation Life Saver, because when people go missing, every second counts

"From the time that I got the call until the time that we found her - it was seven minutes, so that was a good response time,” said Brazier.

The band and transmitter work on radio frequencies. It's more reliable than GPS and can be used nationwide

"We have the bands, but the only problem is a lot of the elderly don't like a band on them," said Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza.

Houston County also provides "Operation Out of Harms Way"... it tracks on a scent.

And Sheriff Donald Valenza tells us you never know when you might need it.

"They may wander off from the house, they may be alright, they may step outside but at a point wander off. I’ve had three in my career that did that and two it was too late when we found them," said Valenza.

The band and scent kit are both free - so keeping your family safe is easier than ever

If you're interested, you can get them at the Houston County Sheriff's office or contact your own local sheriff's office to see if they offer it.

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