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- 897 children rescued specifically because of AMBER Alert
- 45 children have been rescued because of Wireless Emergency Alerts!
- 86 AMBER Plans throughout the United States.
The afternoon of Jan. 13, 1996, Amber Hagerman, a 9‐year‐old girl who lived in Arlington, Texas, was last
seen riding her bike in a parking lot. A witness saw a man with a black, flat‐bed truck snatch Amber from
her bicycle. Four days later Amber’s body was found in a creek 3.2 miles from her home. Her murder
remains unsolved. Dallas‐Fort Worth area residents were outraged and began calling radio stations not
only to vent their anger and frustration but also to offer suggestions to prevent such crimes in the future.
One person, Diana Simone, suggested a program be implemented allowing use of the Emergency Alert
System, known as EAS, to notify the public when a child has been abducted. If the community was aware
then residents could also assist in the search. Ms. Simone followed up with a letter, and her only request
was the program be dedicated to the memory of Amber Hagerman. That letter was used by broadcasters
who met with local law enforcement and created Amber’s Plan, in Amber Hagerman’s memory.
This program was eventually taken to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, known as
NCMEC, with a request for a national initiative. It then became known as America’s Missing: Broadcast
Emergency Response or the AMBER Plan, which allows broadcasters and transportation authorities to
immediately distribute information about recent child abductions to the public and enables the entire
community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child. What began as a local effort in the
Dallas‐Fort Worth, Texas area has grown into a seamless system of such programs in every state across
the country. Each year these alerts help safely recover abducted children. Since the inception of the
program in 1996 through Dec. 31, 2015, 813 children have been safely recovered specifically as a result
of an AMBER Alert being issued.
This program is a voluntary partnership among law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation
agencies and the wireless industry to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious cases of child
abduction. Broadcasters use EAS to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. This
is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly
galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child. In the summer
of 2004 NCMEC began to develop a network of Internet content providers, trucking industry associations,
social networking websites, digital billboards and wirelessindustry representativesto further enhance the
alerting capabilities of each state/territory’s AMBER Alert program. The AMBER Alert program has now
evolved to use all available technology when alerting the public.
April 30, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to
end the Exploitation of Children Today or PROTECT Act of 2003 (Pub. L. No. 108‐21). Building on the steps
already taken by the Bush Administration to support AMBER Alerts, this act established the national
coordination of state and local programs, including the development of guidance for issuance and
dissemination of AMBER Alerts and the appointment of a national AMBER Alert coordinator within the
U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.