Plan Components

Secondary Components of the Virginia “Senior Alert” System

Criteria for the Activation of the Senior Alert Plan

  1. The missing senior adult whereabouts are unknown, is over 60 years of age and;
  2. Suffers a cognitive impairment to the extent that he or she is unable to provide care for their self without assistance from a caregiver, including a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, and;
  3. Whose disappearance poses a credible threat as determined by a law-enforcement agency to the health and safety of the adult and under such other circumstances as deemed appropriate by the Virginia State Police.
  4. A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the senior adult is missing and eliminated alternative explanations by a thorough search of the immediate area if vehicular travel is not involved as a mode of travel for the adult.
  5. Sufficient information regarding the missing senior adult is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the missing senior adult or their vehicle. 
  6. The missing senior adult must be entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN), the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) missing person files and information reported to the Virginia Missing Person Information Clearinghouse in the prescribed format.
  7. A photograph of the missing senior adult must be provided to the Virginia Missing Person Information Clearinghouse on the prescribed forms or agency equivalent.

If all of the aforementioned criteria are not met, the Virginia “Senior Alert” Plan will not be activated however information can still be provided to the media.

Criteria for the Activation of the Ashanti (Critically Missing Adult) Alert Plan

If all of the aforementioned criteria are not met, the Virginia Ashanti (Critically Missing Adult) Alert” Plan will not be activated however information can still be provided to the media.

Endangered Child Alert

The Endangered Child Alert is a component of the Virginia AMBER Alert.  For details about this alert and the Virginia AMBER Alert please visit www.vaamberalert.com.

Criteria for the Activation of the Missing Child with Autism Alert Plan

  1. The missing child’s whereabouts are unknown, is 17 years of age or younger, or is currently enrolled in a secondary school in the Commonwealth, regardless of age and;
  1. Whose whereabouts are unknown and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and;
  1. Whose disappearance poses a credible threat as determined by law enforcement to the safety and health of the child and under such other circumstances as deemed appropriate by the Virginia State Police.
  1. A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the child is missing and eliminated alternative explanations by a thorough search of the immediate area if vehicular travel is not involved as a mode of travel.
  1. Sufficient information regarding the missing child is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the missing child.
  1. The missing child must be entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN), the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) missing children files and information reported to the Virginia Missing Children’s Clearinghouse (VMCC) in the prescribe format.

If all of the aforementioned criteria are not met, the Virginia “Missing Child with Autism Alert” Plan will not be activated however information can still be provided to the media.