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Monday, January 17, 2011

Every Monday Matters #3

Have AMBER Alerts Sent to You

From the website:

  • AMBER stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response” and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered.
  • 76% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within 3 hours of the abduction, 88.5% are dead within 24 hours, and 99% are dead within 7 days.
  • 443 children have been reunited with their families because of AMBER Alerts.
  • Nearly 100% of cell phones are eligible to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts as text messages.
  • 100% of computers can have the AMBER Alert ticker downloaded onto them.
  • AMBER Alerts are active in all 50 states.
  • Pay attention to AMBER Alert signs on the freeway or on TV.
  • Sign-up to receive AMBER Alert text messaging on your cell phone.
  • Download the AMBER Alert Ticker onto your computer.
  • If you see or receive an AMBER Alert, don’t take it lightly. The perpetrator might be closer than you think.

As mentioned the other day, Facebook is also now a source of AMBER alerts. All 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands have an AMBER Alert Facebook page. Just search out that page and either 'like' or join to get the alerts.

I've had the ticker on this website for years, but until I read this did not realise I could get alerts on my cell phone, so I signed up for it this morning. It's very easy. You only get alerts for your area, and their privacy policy includes not selling your number to third parties but only using it for the process of sending alerts.

In Kentucky, just as an aside, our lottery machines send out alerts. I discovered this when I was a gas station attendant. I think this is marvelous. Of course many places put it on the radio, TV, and even signs on the freeway as well. We are all responsible for the safety of children, and collectively we can help protect them from harm. Be sure you have the tools to know when an abduction has occurred. You never know when you can make a difference.

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