Rhode Island's early warning system to prevent child kidnappings
(401) 46-AMBER (401-462-6237) OR 9-1-1
The AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor. Once law enforcement has been notified about an abducted child, they must first determine if the case meets the AMBER Plan's criteria. Each program establishes its own AMBER Plan criteria; however, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children suggests three criteria that should be met before an Alert is activated:
If these criteria are met, alert information must be put together for public distribution. This information can include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, a suspected vehicle, and any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect.
The AMBER Alert message encourages the public to look for the missing child or suspect. You become the ears and eyes of local law enforcement. In the event that you spot a child, adult, or vehicle fitting the AMBER Alert description, immediately call the telephone number provided in the AMBER Alert and provide authorities with as much information as you know. Your participation can make the difference between a happy ending and averting a potential tragedy.