Governor Jeb Bush announcing the
Florida Amber Alert / Missing Children Notification System,
with FDLE Commissioner Guy M. Tunnell and Lt Governor Toni Jennings.
On August 2, 2005, Governor Bush announced an expansion of the state's AMBER Alert system, which provides cellular phone users with free text notification when an AMBER Alert is issued. With the cooperation of the wireless communications industry and other groups, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is expanding its email and text notification system to provide free Wireless AMBER Alerts to customers of participating companies. Carriers participating in the Florida Wireless AMBER Alerts initiative include Alltel, Cingular Wireless, Nextel Communications, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless.
FDLE Commissioner Tunnell
Five years ago, the "Florida AMBER Plan" was established. The AMBER Plan was created in memory of Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl who was abducted and murdered in 1996 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. Based on the model of emergency alerts for serious weather conditions, an AMBER Alert provides an immediate radio and television notice to the public when a report of a child abduction is confirmed by law enforcement. Florida was the second state in the nation to develop a statewide AMBER Alert system. Since 2003, FDLE has provided AMBER Alerts to Florida citizens through its website, www.missingchildrenalert.com. This year, FDLE has activated 10 AMBER alerts and issued 16 Missing Child alerts. Wireless subscribers capable of receiving text messages and whose wireless carrier participates in the Wireless Amber Alerts initiative may sign-up to receive alerts by registering at www.missingchildrenalert.com (a link to this site has been established on our website (www.flhsmv.gov/fhp). Participating wireless carriers will be providing the AMBER Alert service free of charge.
The Florida Highway Patrol encourages cellular phone users to sign up for this Amber Alert notification, and to pass this important information on to your family and friends.