The AMBER Plan was created in 1996 as a powerful legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a bright little girl who was kidnapped and brutally murdered while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas.
The tragedy shocked and outraged the entire community. Residents contacted radio stations in the Dallas area and suggested they broadcast special 'alerts' over the airwaves so that they could help prevent such incidents in the future.
In response to the community's concern for the safety of local children, the Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Radio Managers teamed up with local law-enforcement agencies in northern Texas and developed this innovative early warning system to help find abducted children. Statistics show that, when abducted, a child's greatest enemy is time.
In April, 2003, President Bush signed the Amber Alert legislation making it a national program. While the Amber Alert system is now mandated across the country, some states are still trying to implement the procedures necessary in bringing the alerts to the public. Hampered by outdated Emergency Broadcast guidelines and different activation criteria in each state, the system needs a fair amount of fine-tuning to be optimally effective. Code Amber is on the cutting edge with the technology helping to make that a reality.
CodeAmber.org went live on August 23rd, 2002. Since that time we have grown rapidly as you can see by the statistics in the right hand column. The number of Web and Desktop tickers are real time counters but we update the number of tickers served on the first of each month.
To help defray the server and administrative expense associated with providing the CodeAmber ticker we are accepting donations through PayPal. Every little bit helps.
Please read our Ticker Activation Policy: We receive AMBER Alerts from many states and many from local authorities. In the case where there is a state plan and a state agency responsible for the activation, we always check with the state before activating the Code Amber system. If a state has a regional plan, we activate on the request of the local law enforcement agency. We have had several requests from local authorities to activate our system before they receive approval from their state agency. If the state approves the Alert (we always confirm with the state), then we activate. If the state does not approve the activation of the AMBER Alert, we do not activate our system.
In a situation where an Amber Alert is active and there are no new details or information on the case for five days, we remove the Alert from the Code Amber Ticker and move it to our Active Alerts page. If new information on the case warrants, we will reactivate the ticker for these Amber Alerts.
Thousands of people are reported missing everyday in just the United States. Many thousands more are reported missing in other countries everyday as well. Although there are many organizations that do a wonderful job of helping find missing kids, there is still a need for more help to find all missing people, not just children.
No matter the age of the missing individual, the circumstances or where in the world they went missing, Code Amber can help in every country world wide. The US, Canada, India, China, Mexico, Europe, The UK, South America, Asia, Russia or anywhere else in the world.
Our basic service is free and includes creating a full color printable poster/flyer, listing in our searchable database and sharing with your social networks such as FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.. We also offer additional premium services starting as low as $5.
Please help by adding the Code Amber Ticker to your site today. We never know when or where the next Amber Alert will be issued.