The Florida Department of Law Enforcement in cooperation with
the Division of Emergency Management, Florida Association of Broadcasters, Inc.,
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Highway Patrol,
Florida Department of Lottery, Florida Department of Transportation,
Florida's Police Departments and Sheriff's Offices
and private partners is responsible for activation of the
Florida AMBER Alert
in accordance with the Florida AMBER Plan.
The Florida AMBER Plan was established in 2000, making Florida the second state in the nation
to develop a statewide AMBER Alert.
The purpose of the Plan is to broadcast critical information of an abducted child as quickly
as possible to the media and general public. The initial plan included use of the
Emergency Alert System (EAS) to notify the media and public.
The plan was expanded in 2002 to include use of road signs and lottery machines when
an Alert is activated. Additionally, the Plan now includes the ability for members of
the public to receive emails or free text messages when an AMBER Alert is activated.
To aid in the recovery of missing children who are in danger where there is no evidence of an
abduction, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement established the
Missing Child Alert
The AMBER Alert was named for nine year-old Amber Hagerman (pictured left). She was abducted
in 1996 while riding her bicycle outside of her grandparent's home in Texas. She was found
deceased four days later. The case is still unsolved. AMBER has since become an acronym
for "America's Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response". In 2003, Congress passed the
PROTECT Act to establish and support the development of AMBER plans in each state.
For more information visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Missing Persons'
or contact the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse
toll-free number at 1-888-356-4774.
To sign up to receive text or email alerts when an AMBER or Missing Child Alert is activated,