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Finding a loved one that's wandered carries a weight that no one should have to experience alone. Operation: Take Me Home provides a radio transmitting safety device for the special need population that wanders.

At Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Development Center, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in locating the at-risk population that wanders or elopes. Radio Frequency Transmitters can be located up to a mile away with receivers and Drones are now being implemented to keep our special need population safe.

Our unique position in Search & Rescue not only allow us to provide this service, but also means that we are the same individuals that will provide the search efforts of your loved one.

Why Operation: Take Me Home?

• Currently operating in 4 counties throughout Western PA
• We offer dedicated frequencies in multiple bands
• 100% accuracy
• Lifetime batteries and care of device provided
• Over 20 years experience

Abilities of Radio Frequency

• Reaches 2 miles on ground
• Reaches 10 miles in the air
• Reaches 10 feet under water

The device is water resistant, not waterproof; however, we do place our own extra protection around the device prior to use for added protection.

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By the year 2025, A projected 320,000* Adults in Pennsylvania, 65 and older will be affected by Alzeimer’s. 


Alzheimer's disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, these can include: Judgment, forgetting how to use household appliances, Sense of time and place: getting lost on one's own street.

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  • An estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021.

  • More than 1 in 9 people (11.3%) age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia.

  • Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.8 million) are women.

  • Deaths due to Alzheimer’s between 2000 and 2021 has more than doubled, increasing 145%.


Bolting or wandering off is thought to be a leading cause of death among autistic children, and a new study illustrates just how common the problem is. In the survey of parents of 1,218 children who have autism spectrum disorders, half reported that their child had wandered off or attempted to wander off at least once after the age of 4.


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Children and adults with autism wander from all types of settings, such as educational, therapeutic, residential, camp programs, outdoor, public places, and home settings, including relatives and babysitters’ homes.

Wandering and elopement tend to increase in warmer months, especially in mid-section areas of the US where home layouts and routines are adapted to accommodate changing weather. Persons with autism are also more likely to play outside or attend summer or day camps during this time.

How to get protected


Do you have a loved one with a documented history of wandering? This program and it’s services are provided to you 100% free of charge. Complete the request form TODAY!

Did you want to purchase our program and its services for a one time fee with a lifetime of peace of mind? Complete the request form TODAY!

Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Development Center (WPSARDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that for 20 years has specialized in going the extra mile for the at-risk population. We are trained and certified to search for the special needs population when they go missing.



Sometimes Grandmama Doesn't Know Me!

Megan and Emmalia are BFFs and discover they share a secret. Both of their grandmothers have Alzheimer’s disease. During their girls-sleepover at Megan’s, they talk about what it’s like for them and the concerns they share about their grandmothers. They both experience anger, frustration and impatience, yet have great love and respect for their grandmothers.

Grandmama experiences numerous changes in her daily routines and behaviors. This story weaves specific examples of dementia behaviors throughout the story line as seen through the eyes of the girls and Megan’s family.

Megan and Emmalia’s stories will help children of various ages, and adults, have a deeper understanding of what can happen to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an educational tool that allows for family discussions – a chance to talk about feelings and concerns. This is a story of how all family members can come together, with compassion and love, to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.

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WPSARDC is proud to be a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

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