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AMBER Alerts

As of December 31, 2012, the Wireless AMBER Alert Program ended operations as a part of the nation's transition to the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program. Millions of cellphone users across the country will now receive free, automatic notifications about abducted children in their area as part of the WEA program. 

CTIA and the wireless industry joined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer WEA to supplement the existing Emergency Alert System. Consumers with WEA-capable smartphones and feature phones and services are automatically enrolled to receive AMBER alerts for free, along with Presidential and Imminent Threat Alerts.

Unlike Wireless AMBER Alerts, the WEA AMBER Alerts use the latest technology to send messages to wireless customers with the WEA-capable devices in the area where the child was abducted from, even if the wireless customer isn't from the area.    

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the AMBER Alert Program, named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor.  Statistics show that the first three hours after an abduction are the most critical in recovery efforts, and being able to quickly engage the public in the search for an abducted child can help law enforcement bring that child home safely.

 The national Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative was designed to distribute AMBER Alerts to wireless subscribers who opt in to receive the text messages on their wireless devices.  Go to www.wirelessamberalerts.org to sign up. 

Fairmont Police Department encourages you to sign up for the wireless AMBER alerts .  Remember, the first three hours after a child's abduction are the most critical to recovery efforts, so your help is critical.

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