To activate an AMBER alert the following five (5) criteria must be met:
- The child must be under 18 years of age.
- There must be a clear indication of an abduction.
- The law enforcement agency's preliminary investigation must conclude that the child's life is in danger.
- There must be a detailed description of child, abductor and/or vehicle to broadcast to the public.
- The activation must be recommended by the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.
- The local law enforcement agency will call the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse(MEPIC) at 1-888-356-4774.
- The FDLE will work in conjunction with the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction to determine if information is to be broadcast on a regional or statewide basis.
- The FDLE working in conjunction with the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction will prepare information for public distribution.
- The FDLE will ensure that the information is broadcast through the Emergency Alert System, dynamic highway message signs, lottery machines, text message and email through www.missingchildrenalert.com and other resources.
Note: Only law enforcement agencies can request activation of an AMBER Alert. If you would like to report a missing person, please contact your local police department or sheriff’s office first, then contact MEPIC at 1-888-FL MISSING (356-4774).
- Local media outlets
- Local Crime Stoppers
- A Child is Missing, Inc. 1-888-875-2246
- FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime 1-800-634-4097
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (Florida Branch 1-561-848-1900)