January 13 is AMBER Alert Awareness Day

National Amber Alert Awareness Day
National Amber Alert Awareness Day(KTVF)
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 5:18 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - January 13 is AMBER Alert Awareness Day. AMBER stands for, ‘America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response’ program.

This system was created to honor the memory of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, TX on January 13, 1996.

As of January 2, 2023, 1,127 children have been successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert system and 131 children have been rescued because of wireless emergency alerts, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The AMBER Alert System in Alaska is a voluntary public service that provides an urgent alert message for serious child-abduction cases. It is comprised of law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, media, and the public to assist in recovery of abducted children.

The television and radio broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS), uses email, social media, and the State’s transportation 511 system to distribute a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor.

Alaska’s AMBER Alert Hotline number is 866-AKAMBER or (866-252-6237)

To assist in the recovery of missing persons, Alaska uses the Silver Alert System. The Silver Alert System is used to alert the public when a vulnerable adult is missing and believed to be in serious danger.

The Silver Alert also uses media and broadcast releases, email, social media, and the state’s transportation 511 system to distribute a description of the missing adult.

The Silver Alert Hotline number is 855-SILVR99 or 855-745-8799.

All 50 U.S. states and several countries now have an AMBER Alert program.

To learn more about the Alaska Amber Alert Program visit their website.