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Search Protocols Questionnaire for First Responders From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Autism-Specific Response Guide

Search Protocols & Questionnaire for First Responders

Guided Action for Critical Moments

When a child on the autism spectrum goes missing, time is of the essence. Developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), this document offers a structured approach for first responders, ensuring swift and effective action.

Key Steps for Immediate Response

From securing hazardous areas to deploying specialized teams and establishing containment measures, the guide details vital steps to initiate the search effectively.

Search, Rescue, and Beyond

Detailed search and rescue measures, considerations for prolonged searches, and protocols for recovery and reunification ensure comprehensive support in locating and aiding the child.

In-Depth Questionnaire

Accompanied by a detailed questionnaire, first responders can gather crucial information about the child, aiding in a more targeted search approach.

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