|Houston Regional Amber Alert|
| “This program made possible, in part, by a United Way Community Building Grant.”
|A cooperative public service effort between local law enforcement,
Amber Plan Partners, and the public to safely recover abducted children.
is the Amber Alert Activated? The following five criteria must
be met to activate the Houston Regional Amber Plan (HRAP): (1) A child
must be 17 years of age or younger. (2) The law enforcement agency believes
the missing child has been abducted. (3) The law enforcement agency believes
the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death. (4) The law enforcement
agency has conducted an investigation that has verified that an abduction
has taken place or ruled out alternative explanations. (5) Sufficient
information is available to distribute to the public that could assist
in locating the abducted child, suspect, or the vehicle used in the abduction.
Who Activates the Alert? The local law enforcement agency where the incident occurs must decide if the case fits Amber Alert criteria and activates the system.
How is an Amber Alert Activated? Law enforcement agencies access a secure Houston Regional Amber Plan website and the Alert is distributed to all regional law enforcement agencies, media outlets, and Amber Plan business partners. Amber Plan business partners notify employees traveling in the area to look for the missing child or suspect’s vehicle. The child’s photo and Amber Alert message are also sent to subscribers and posted on the Amber Plan website (www.amber-plan.net). When the child is located, the Amber Alert is cancelled.
Does the Amber Plan Work? Across the country, the Amber Alert is credited with the successful recovery of hundreds of children. The Houston Regional Amber Plan has a 90% success rate. To view all of the HRAP alerts, visit www.amber-plan.net.
Who Participates in the Plan? Local law enforcement
agencies in Houston’s
14-county region (Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston,
Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties),
media outlets, and Amber Plan Partners.
Who Are Amber Plan Partners? Houston-area businesses,
government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that actively participate
in the Amber Alert
Program. There is no cost to become a partner, but interested parties
must register with HRAP. Companies and agencies with a large number of
drivers and vehicles are especially encouraged to participate as Amber
Who Oversees the Amber Plan? Texas Center for the Missing
administers the Plan and an independent Board of Directors provides oversight.
Amber Plan follows FCC rules for activating the Emergency Alert System.
What Should I Do if I Witness a Child Being Abducted or Believe
a Child Is Missing? Call 9-1-1 immediately and ask for the
police department in your area. Then provide the police with as much
information as you
can about the child, the suspect, and the suspect’s vehicle.
Why is it Called Amber Alert? The program is named in memory of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was abducted while playing near her grandparents’ Arlington, Texas, home in 1996. She was found murdered a few days later following an extensive search. To this day, the case remains unsolved.
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