America Online will be joining the AMBER Alert program.
The alerts are put out by law enforcement officials to let the public know when a child may have been kidnapped, and now AOL customers will be able to get the alerts via e-mail, cell phones and beepers.
The program began in 1996, with radio and TV announcements of abducted kids. It has since been expanded to include highway billboards in some areas.
AOL users can go online to see which states are participating in the program -- and then volunteer to receive the alerts if they want.
Extended Web Coverage
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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