According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, almost 800,000 children are missing each year.That’s an average of 2,185 children reported as missing every day.Of these children, more than 200,000 were abducted by a family member. That means that over 58,000 were abducted by nonfamily members and 115 of them were “stereotypical” kidnapping which means child does not know the person who took them or only has a slight acquaintance with them.The outcome of these kidnappings have been holding a child overnight, transporting them 50 miles away or more, killing them, demanding ransom, or intending to keep the child permanently.
For those of you who may not know, in 2003 President Bush authorized and signed the national AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert program as part of the PROTECT Act.This act confirmed our federal government's role in the AMBER Alert program and appointed the Department of Justice to be the agency that coordinates AMBER Alerts on the national level.The Department of Justice then partnered with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and made them the agents to coordinate and distribute AMBER Alerts to other providers.
When a child 17 years old or younger is reported to authorities as being abducted, and they meet certain requirements, those authorities issue the alert notifying the NCMEC of the information to put in the alert.In turn, the NCMEC electronically submits this information to Syniverse which then sends the alert to wireless participants.Those participants then send text messages to those subscribed to receive the messages.If you have information to report, simply call the number included in the text message.
“Statistics show the first three hours after a child's abduction are most critical to recovery efforts.” (wirelessamberalerts.org)
That statement alone should prompt all of us to go to the Wireless Amber Alerts siteor your cell phone provider’s website and register to receive what could be lifesaving texts.The service is available and completely free of charge, as long as you can receive texts, in all fifty states and you only receive them for your area, defined by the up to five zip codes you can enter at registration, not the entire country.This service can also be discontinued at any time by going back to the same website and following the easy steps.Why would you not want to be part of this?Our government is using a mass media device for something so important and we should all take responsibility to help.
What if it’s your child that’s gone missing?Would you sign up then?
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