The Amber Alert program is about to become a reality in the Dothan area.
Law enforcement officials and members from the broadcast medium met
Friday afternoon to get the latest information on the nation-wide program to
help locate abducted or missing children.
The Amber Alert plan is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement, the media and the emergency management agency. It was formed in 1996 following the kidnapping and murder of nine-year old Amber Hagerman in Texas.
Stations will have special equipment that will automatically air an alert.
WTVY is making preparations to be a part of the Amber Alert plan.
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The AMBER Plan
The AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor.
This is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child.
How Does the AMBER Plan Work?
AMBER Plans Nationwide
Source: http://www.missingkids.org/ (The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Web site)
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