The Amber Alert, sometimes known as Amber's Plan, is a locally operated Emergency Broadcast System
for the Dallas
metroplex and surrounding communities. When a child abduction
has been confirmed, all local media
centers (radio stations
stations) interrupt their broadcasts immediately to play a very eerie siren
recording followed by information with regard to the suspect
, vehicular information which might be of use, and the victim
's discription. The media is also responsible for continuing to broadcast the Alert periodically until the Alert is concluded by law enforcement
The Alert is named after Amber Hagerman, a local child who was kidnapped and killed in the mid 1990's.
The Alert can be initiated by any of a dozen law enforcement agencies in the area and initiates the Alert by faxing information to a designated central dispatch which calls back the department to confirm the abduction. Once the abduction is confirmed, the fax is forwarded to every media center in the area, at which point, the Alarm is broadcast to the public.