“Now is the time to update the emergency contact information at the police station on a family member or to have them added to your database if there is any possible likelihood they may wander off or have an illness that prevents them from communicating,” Howard said.
Howard said all information remains confidential and enrolling in the program takes minutes. All that is needed is a recent photo with general information about the person’s health, habits and contacts. For those unable to visit the police station, an officer can be dispatched to the person’s home where the information will be collected.
“This program has and continues to help so many families be reunited safely and quickly with family members. Don’t wait until a family member goes missing before you resister,” Howard said.
For more information on the H.E.L.P.S program, call the Newburyport police station at 978-462-4411 or to register, visit the station located at 4 Green St., Newburyport.