Child Safety

American's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert

AMBER Alert is a voluntary partnership involving law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies. During an AMBER Alert, an urgent news bulletin is broadcast over the airwaves as well as on highway alert signs to enlist the aid of the public in finding an abducted child and stopping the perpetrator.

AMBER Alert is based on the same concept used to alert the public to a severe weather emergency. During an AMBER Alert, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, airs a description of an abducted child and suspected abductor. The purpose is to instantly galvanize the entire community in the search for and safe return of an abducted child.

A Child Is Missing Alert Program (ACIM)

Police departments all across the country are confronted with missing individuals on a daily basis. Children, the elderly (often suffering from Alzheimer's), mentally or physically challenged or disabled persons, as well as college students and others at times go missing and the initial public safety response is critical. The early search and recovery efforts can make the difference.

Through high-tech telephony and computer mapping, the ACIM Alert Program has the capacity to place up to 1,000 calls in less than 60 seconds to the area where the missing person(s) was last seen or is believed to be located. This technology can also assist public safety in situations involving school lockdowns/evacuations, fugitives on the run, jailbreaks, and other issues critical to the safety of the entire community.

For more information about the Amber Alert Program website.