November 10, 2012 – AMBER Alert, coordinated by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States will be integrated into Google's Public Alert platform, which aside from AMBER Alerts delivers a number of emergency alerts such as storm warnings, evacuations notices, and other public safety announcements.
An AMBER Alert will appear in Google 'Search' and 'Maps' when a user searches for related information in a particular location where a child has been abducted. A description of the missing child, details of the case, information on the abductor, as well as vehicular details involved in the abduction will be provided if available. Increased public awareness of AMBER Alerts will help the authorities in their search for abducted children and assist in their safe return.
Expansion Will Include Canada & Europe in the Future
Google plans to expand its services with 'Missing Children Europe' and the 'Canadian Centre for Child Protection'. While this expansion does not presently exist in Canada, we highly recommend that you register to receive AMBER Alerts on Twitter, Facebook and Wireless Amber Alerts (please see links below).
To read more indepth knowledge on AMBER Alerts and a highly informative interview with Sgt. Jean-Yves McCann, the Provincial Coordinator for AMBER Alert at the Service Conseil aux Enquêtes, Sûreté du Québec please click here. This article is a 'must read' for every parent.
What Can 'You' Do to Help?
If you hear an AMBER Alert being issued:
- Watch for the child, suspect, and/or vehicle description.
- Give information on the location of the abduction and a description of the victim, suspect, and/or any vehicle involved.
- Immediately report any findings by calling 9-1-1 or the telephone number included in the alert.
AMBER Alerts on Twitter
To receive AMBER alerts issued from twitter:
New Brunswick: https://twitter.com/NBAMBERAlert
AMBER Alerts on Facebook
The Canadian AMBER Alert partners are extremely pleased to have Facebook onboard with this important new broadcast tool to help police locate abducted children in Canada. The new AMBER Alert Facebook pages are an excellent broadcast medium that will allow us to reach more Canadians than ever before when we activate AMBER Alerts.
We are asking Canadians throughout the country to subscribe to this new Canadian AMBER Alert Facebook page so that they can instantly receive AMBER Alert broadcasts and help us locate abducted children in Canada. We invite you to subscribe to your provincial Facebook page. Seven pages have been launched so far:
Ontario - http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalertON
New Brunswick - http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalertNB
Newfoundland/Labrador - http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalertNL
Alberta – http://www.facebook.com/abemergalert
Manitoba - http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalertMB
Create Your Child's Personal Identification Card
Please click on http://avisderecherche.tv/child-alert.php to download and create your child's Personal Identification Card now! This is a very valuable tool!
Wireless AMBER Alerts
"The participation of the public is essential to the success of AMBER Alert. When a child is abducted, seconds count. Spreading the information as quickly as possible to as many people as possible is critical to the safe return of a child. AMBER Alert empowers communities to work cooperatively with law enforcement and the media to increase the safety of our children. The information that you provide to police may help an abducted child before it is too late."
DID YOU KNOW that you can now receive AMBER Alert text notifications directly on your cell telephone and other wireless devices? For the safety and well-being of children everywhere, do not hesitate – not even for a moment - to subscribe to receive wireless AMBER Alert! Please go to www.wirelessAMBER.ca now and subscribe.
The next child that AMBER Alert helps could be someone you know or someone your children know. Do the right thing for all the right reasons.