AMBER Alert on #FathersDay – not a good afternoon.
Not only do you get email notification…
…social media picked up on it right away…
…EAS Alerts go off to everyone in the proximity…
…and roadside signs instantly broadcast the same message.
Where and why did AMBER Alert first start?
The AMBER Alert System began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. Other states and communities soon set up their own AMBER plans as the idea was adopted across the nation.
How does it work?
Once law enforcement has determined that a child has been abducted and the abduction meets AMBER Alert criteria, law enforcement notifies broadcasters and state transportation officials. AMBER Alerts interrupt regular programming and are broadcast on radio and television and DOT highway signs. AMBER Alerts can also be re-disseminated through lottery, digital billboards, Internet Ad exchanges, Internet Service Providers, Internet search engines, as well as wireless devices such as mobile phones.
How effective has it been?
As of December 23, 2015 there have been 800 children rescued and returned specifically because of AMBER Alert. AMBER Alerts also serve as deterrents to those who would prey upon our children. AMBER Alert cases have shown that some perpetrators release the abducted child after hearing the AMBER Alert.
Do not ignore these Amber Alerts.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Look out for your neighbors.
Read the alert, call if you see something/someone matching the description and make your community safer.
*****************Update as of 06-18-17 at 19:38*****************
Child was found safe. Keiria Marie Trent girl was found safe with a relative.
Thank you for participating in the Ohio AMBER Alert.