Facebook Now Provides Local AMBER Alerts for Missing Children

Thanks to a partnership between Facebook and NCMEC (the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children), Facebook users can now sign up to receive localized AMBER Alerts through their news feed.

The AMBER Alert™ Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of AMBER Alerts is to quickly involve the local community in helping to facilitate the safe return of the missing child. Since its birth, the AMBER Alert program has helped to save the lives of 525 children nationwide

Currently there are 56 new Facebook AMBER Alert pages that have been created – one for each U.S. state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia – as well as 3 pages for Canadian provinces Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. Additionally Australia, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ireland all have AMBER alert systems in place, so it is hoped that Facebook pages will soon be available for these locations as well

Today, January 13th 2011 marks the 15th anniversary of the abduction and murder of 9 year old Amber Hagerman – the little girl who is the namesake of the AMBER Alert program. In her memory, I ask the Pediatric Safety readers who use Facebook to please sign up for these alerts.

About the Author

Stefanie Zucker is President and co-founder of Pediatric Medical and Managing Director and co-founder of Axios Partners, a strategy consulting firm. After a number of years spent researching the safety issues associated with transporting children on ambulances she became a child health safety advocate and formed Pediatric Safety with a goal of creating a world-wide movement of parents and caregivers inspired to protect the health and safety of kids. Stefanie is a member of the PedSafe Team


8 Responses to “Facebook Now Provides Local AMBER Alerts for Missing Children”

  1. Leslie M. says:

    Thanks for letting us know Stef. I tweeted this very important message!

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  3. I shared this on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the news, this is fantastic!

  4. Great info – I’m putting it out to everyone I know.

    • Stefanie Zucker sazucker says:

      Thanks! I did too… With more people signing up, hopefully we can increase the possibility of finding an abducted child.


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