Do you know all the missing person alerts? Here is your guide to the six different alerts
Every person with a cell phone in Nueces County has received a missing person alert at least once, but do we know what they all mean?
Believe it or not, there are six types of alerts that can be sent to your cell phone at any time.
Alongside the well-known AMBER Alert, there are Sliver, CLEAR, Endangered Missing Persons, Blue and Camo alerts.
Here is a guide to the six types of missing person alerts:
Perhaps the most recognized alert, an AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert is sent to the public when a child has been abducted or believed to be in danger of death, sexual assault or bodily injury.
A CLEAR (Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue) Alert is similar to an AMBER Alert, but it is sent out for an adult rather than a child.
The public is sent a CLEAR Alert when an adult has been missing, kidnapped, or abducted. An alert can be sent out for adults who are in immediate danger of injury or death as well.
A Silver Alert notifies the public when a elderly individual with a documented medical condition is missing.
For this type of alert to be sent out, the missing person must 65 years old or older and have a diagnosed medical impairment.
To send an alert, law enforcement shall require the family or legal guardian of the missing individual to provide documentation from a medical or mental health professional of the individual's medical condition.
Endangered Missing Persons Alert
If someone who has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability is reported missing, an Endangered Missing Persons Alert is sent to the public.
Intellectual disabilities that qualify for this type of an alert include Asperger's Disorder, Autistic Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett's Disorder or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
If the missing person has been diagnosed with a disability, law enforcement requires a written diagnosis from a physician or psychologist licensed to practice within Texas.
A Camo Alert informs the public that a current or former member of the United States armed forces, including the National Guard or a reserve, with a mental illness is missing.
A Blue Alert makes the community aware of a criminal wanted by law enforcement who has killed or seriously wounded a local, state, or federal law enforcement officer.
Christopher Howley covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Support more coverage like this at Caller.com/subscribe.