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' Alerts webpage
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, visit www.missingchildrenalert.com