Only a law enforcement agency can issue a regional or state Silver Alert. If your loved one is missing, please contact 9-1-1 immediately and then Get Help Now.
If you are a law enforcement officer and your agency needs to issue a Silver Alert, please contact
(713) 409-2720 or call (713) 599-0235 for 24/7 support and activation assistance.
The Houston Regional Silver Alert System is administered by Texas Center for the Missing, and is designed to help locate missing elderly diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The program is a cooperative public service effort between local law enforcement, news media outlets, business partners, and the public.
Our local alert was funded in October 2014 by caring community individuals and local foundations. The Houston Regional Silver Alert System is currently in its pilot phase with investigation and activation training available to law enforcement partners.
The Houston Regional Silver Alert covers the Houston-Galveston 14-county region, including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties.
Silver Alert Criteria
The following five criteria must be met to activate the Texas State Silver Alert Network:
- The missing person is 65 years of age or older.
- The senior citizen has a diagnosed impaired mental condition, and the senior citizen’s disappearance poses a credible threat to the senior citizen’s health and safety. Family or legal guardian of the missing senior citizen must provide documentation from a medical or mental health professional of the senior citizen’s condition.*
- It is confirmed that an investigation has taken place verifying that the senior citizen’s disappearance is due to his/her impaired mental condition, and alternative reasons for the senior citizen’s disappearance have been ruled out.
- The Silver Alert request is within 72 hours of the senior citizen’s disappearance.
- There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the senior citizen. Highway signs will be activated only if accurate vehicle information is available AND it is confirmed that the senior citizen was driving the vehicle at the time of the disappearance.
*Note: Medical documentation required for activation of the state’s Silver Alert Network should appear on physician’s letterhead, indicating the impaired mental condition, date of diagnosis, patient’s name, and include the physician’s signature.
Missing persons 18 years of age or older with intellectual disabilities may qualify for an Endangered Missing Persons Alert issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Missing children believed to be abducted under the age of 18 may qualify for an Amber Alert issued locally by the Houston Regional Amber Alert System or statewide by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
How to Issue a Texas Statewide Silver Alert
In response to legislation enacted September 1, 2007, the Texas Department of Public Safety implemented the Silver Alert Network as a means to assist law enforcement in the recovery of missing senior citizens with a documented mental impairment. Silver Alerts typically resemble those alerts issued for abducted children (Amber Alerts), using similar notification technologies (with the exception of EAS) to alert the public.
If your agency feels a missing elderly may be located either in the Houston area or in other Texas regions, this is an appropriate Alert to issue.
- Make sure you have all the information needed to issue the Silver Alert handy, including physical description of the missing individual, medical documentation, a vehicle description if possible, and photos.
- Fill out the State form here to request a statewide Silver Alert. Please note the statewide submission and issuance process may take a few hours. For further submission procedures and follow-up, visit TxDPS Silver Alert Request Procedures webpage.
- Contact our Regional Silver Alert Coordinator at (713) 409-2720 or call (713) 599-0235 for statewide issuance support, local missing persons response resources, and media liaison services.
For assistance with Crime Victims’ Compensation or any other victim services, please contact Texas Center for the Missing Case Manager at (832) 701-8109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.