When a child is abducted, every moment count, and AMBER Alerts makes every effort to capture those precious moments through an emergency broadcast to the general public when a child has been abducted in the area.
Delivered via radio, television, and cable stations, and displayed on electronic traffic-condition signs, AMBER Alerts request public assistance in recovering the child. These are legitimate alerts run through the Department of Justice. As of the end of 2006, the program has helped rescue more than 230 children nationwide since 1996 — and with your help more children may be saved.
AMBER stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response,” and is named in memory of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996. (Georgia and Arkansas are the only states thathave different names for this service—in Georgia, it’s known as ‘Levi’s Call,’ and in Arkansas as ‘Morgan Nick Amber Alert.’)
You can also choose to get local alerts via e-mail, and through text messages to your cell phone or other wireless device. It will take you moments to register for these alerts, but the benefits could last a child’s lifetime.
- Sign up for email notifications, and follow the directions on your screen.
- Sign up for text message AMBER Alerts to your phone or other wireless device, and follow the directions on your screen.
Click here to learn more about AMBER Alert initiatives.