Another color is being added to the Sunshine State’s alert system. The Purple Alert program starts in Florida on July 1st.

Florida has AMBER alerts for missing or kidnapped children, Silver alerts for endangered seniors, and Blue alerts, when officers are injured in the line of duty and the suspect escapes. You see them on the highway information signs and get text alerts. The Florida Purple alert goes active in a few weeks. So what exactly is a Purple alert?

A Purple alert is issued when an adult goes missing who is at least 18-years-old and has:

  • A mental or cognitive disability that is not Alzheimer’s or Dementia
  • An intellectual or developmental disability
  • A brain injury
  • Another physical, mental, or emotional disability not related to substance abuse

These alerts can also be issued when adults meet multiple of the above criteria, when their disappearance indicates a credible threat of immediate danger or serious bodily harm to himself or herself. This is determined by local law enforcement.

The  alerts are issued for those who cannot be returned to safety without law enforcement intervention, and who do not meet the criteria for activation of a local Silver alert. Local law enforcement must notify the media and alert subscribers in their jurisdiction, or the jurisdiction where the missing individual is believe to have gone or may be located.

So when you see a Purple alert flash on a highway info sign, now you know what it means.

 

[SOURCE News Channel 8]

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Father's Day Deals & Freebies In Southwest Florida

  • Applebee's

    Get Dad a gift card for $50 from Applebee’s and score a FREE $10 bonus card. Gift cards that come with a $10 bonus card are available for purchase until June 26, and the bonus cards are valid until August 7.

  • Bahama Breeze

    Throw on a lei and serve Dad a Caribbean Bundle from Bahama Breeze on Father’s Day (be sure to snap some pics). Offering a choice of entrée and side, salad and Cuban bread, bundles are available starting at $44.99. Entrée selections include jerk chicken pasta, baby back ribs, grilled chicken with cilantro-crema and seafood paella. They serve up to four people and come fully cooked.

  • Baskin Robbins

    Surprise your bbq-and-ice-cream-loving dad with The Grillmaster Cake from Baskin-Robbins. It’s a cake cleverly disguised as a grill. Or let the OREO® lover have his cake and eat it too with the OREO® Ice Cream Cookies & Scoops Cake. Both cakes can be ordered at your local Baskin-Robbins locations.

  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

    Until June 19, buy $50 in e-gift cards at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse for Dad and get a $10 bonus card valid from June 20 through July 10.

  • Blaze Pizza

    Buy your dad a $25 gift card or more from Blaze Pizza before June 30 and receive a $5 reward for yourself.

  • Bonefish Grill

    Dads love Bonefish Grill, so why not load them up with a $50 Bonefish Grill gift card and receive a FREE $10 e-bonus card for either yourself or to include with your gift. Gift cards can be redeemed between June 21 and August 21.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings

    Do your Father’s Day shopping before June 19 at Buffalo Wild Wings. Buy $40 in Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards and receive a $10 eBonus card. The eBonus cards are valid for use from June 20 through July 31.

  • California Pizza Kitchen

    CPK has you covered for last-minute Father’s Day shopping. Through June 30, purchase $50 in e-gift cards from California Pizza Kitchen and get a $10 eBonus Card.

     

  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill 

    On June 19, Carrabba’s Italian Grill will be serving a Tuscan-grilled ribeye topped with spicy Sicilian butter. Finish it off with strawberry cheesecake for the perfect Father’s Day meal. If your pops don’t want to go out, then buy a $50 gift card and receive a FREE $10 bonus to include or to keep for yourself. It can be redeemed from June 21 through August 21.

  • Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

    Family and food are the perfect combination and Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen knows just how to bring the two together. For Father’s Day, consider bringing home a Family Bundle, featuring entrées like hand-breaded chicken tenders, grilled salmon or a combination—all of which include two choices of family-sized sides and a half-dozen signature honey butter croissants, starting at $24.99.

  • Chili's

    Stop in to Chili’s for this month’s $5 Margarita of the Month, the Tito’s® Watermelon Spritz ‘Rita! and pick up a $50 gift card for Dad that comes with a FREE $10 e-bonus card to keep for yourself or pass along to Dad.

  • Fleming's

    Spend $100 and get $20. That’s a dad-approved deal. At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, for a limited time, when you purchase a $100 gift card, you’ll receive a $20 bonus card.

  • IHOP

    Now through July 17, buy $25 or more in gift cards online or in-store and get a $5 bonus card. Bonus cards are valid upon your next visit and expire on August 21.

  • McAlister’s Deli

    From now until June 19, every $25 in gift cards you spend at McAlister’s Deli , you’ll get a $5 e-reward. The $5 reward will be loaded into the rewards section on the McAlister’s app and available to spend between June 20 and August 22.

  • McCormick and Schmick’s

    Purchase a gift card at McCormick and Schmick’s for $100 and receive a $20 reward card. Gift cards must be purchased online before June 18.

  • Miller’s Ale House

    Get in on this Father’s Day special: Until June 26, purchase $50 in Miller’s Ale House gift cards and get a FREE $10 bonus card. Bonus cards are valid from July 1 through August 31.

  • Moe’s Southwest Grill 

    Every year, Father’s Day is celebrated on a Sunday. And every Sunday Moe’s Southwest Grill offers FREE meals for children under 12. Plus, when you purchase a $25 gift card or e-gift card, get a FREE $5 Moe Rewards from now until June 19. You can only unlock the $5 eReward code through the Moe Rewards program. It’s redeemable to use from June 20 until August 31.

  • Olive Garden

    Bring on the Italian this Father’s Day with help from Olive Garden. Enjoy a convenient Family Bundle, featuring one large pan of classic lasagna, jumbo house salad and breadsticks. starting at $58.99 or show up with a family-size pan of fettuccine alfredo or chicken parmigiana, starting at $44.99. You can order online and pick up your meal curbside.

  • Ocean Prime

    For an extraordinary Father’s Day treat, pony up for brunch at Ocean Prime this year. Reserve your spot now so you don’t miss out.

  • Outback Steakhouse

    With 10 entrées under $16, Dad will have plenty of options to choose from for his Father’s Day meal at Outback Steakhouse. And don’t forget to get in on the gift card deal: Buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 bonus card, valid through August 21, 2022.

  • Panda Express

    Get a FREE Panda Bowl when you buy $30 in gift cards online for your dad before June 20. The Panda Bowl redemption code must be redeemed by July 31.

  • Red Lobster

    Until the end of June, get a $50 Red Lobster gift card and receive a $10-off bonus coupon. The bonus coupon can be used in the restaurant for to-go or delivery orders of $30 or more from June 21 through August 31.

  • Red Robin

    Until June 19, buy $25 in either a plastic gift card or an e-gift card at Red Robin and receive a $5 bonus buck.

  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

    Make this year special by taking Dad to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for dinner. This restaurant is open on Father’s Day and taking reservations now.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    For every $30 gift card you gift to your dad, you can receive a $5 bonus card? from Texas Roadhouse.

  • TGI Friday's

    For a limited time, get $15 in Bonus Bites when you spend $50 on e-gift cards at TGI Friday’s. Bonus cards are valid from July 1 through August 31.

  • The Capital Grille

    Enjoy a meal at home or in The Capital Grille dining room this Father’s Day. This restaurant will be serving its regular menu at the restaurant, but if you want to treat Dad to a grill-out at home, consider ordering steaks à la carte starting at $25 each or go with an assortment The Capital Grille is calling the Steak Grille Box, which is four steaks, seasoning and a gift of Signature Steak Sauce — priced starting at $140. For an over-the-top Father’s Day gift, buy $500 or more in gift cards from The Capital Grille and get an additional card worth 10% of your purchase.

  • The Cheesecake Factory

    Through June 19, purchase $100 Cheesecake Factory gift cards online and receive a $25 bonus ecard for each one. Cards and bonus ecards can be used when you dine-in or to place pickup orders and are valid from June 20 to July 20.

  • The Fresh Market

    Celebrate your dad on June 19, by rewarding him with a splendid meal at home prepared by The Fresh Market. Now through June 14 (in-store) and June 17 (online), you can order a Father’s Day meal including your choice of entrée, Caprese salad platter, veggie kabobs, loaded twice-baked potatoes and tuxedo truffle mousse bar cake. This meal serves four people and costs $79.99.

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