I was always impressed with the Amber Alert System – The notification system in the US when a child goes missing. For those of you who don’t know the background of the Amber Alert System, here is a brief synopsis.
The AMBER Alert system began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. It’s named after 9 yo Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bike, and then brutally murdered. The idea sparked a national trend as other states set up their own AMBER plans. Then on April 30, 2003, President Bush signed into law the PROTECT Act, which strengthened law enforcement’s ability to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and punish violent crimes committed against children.
AMBER Alert programs have helped save the lives of420 children nationwide. Over 90 percent of those recoveries have occurred since October 2002 when President Bush called for the appointment of an AMBER Alert Coordinator in the Department of Justice.
WOW! 420 Emma & Jacob’s are alive and with their parents because of this system.
Today, technology is letting AMBER take it a step further with text messages sent directly to your cell phone for your own community. You wont get anything that you dont want. It’s directed by zip code, so I have mine set up for Franklin’s 5 zip codes. You can turn it off and on at your discretion or change zips just by logging in.
You know, we text, we twitter about everything ~ inspiration, frustration, humor and just life – like where to find gas! Heck, I get amazonmp3 deals sent to me via twitter to show me incredible download bargins. So why not get something that is critical to saving the life of a child. It doesnt cost anything. And as a parent I know that I would want all the help I could get in finding Emma or Jacob, God-forbid, they are ever abducted.
You can access their website and sign up or just learn more HERE.
How Wireless Amber Alerts work: