Office of Justice Programs AMBER Alert - America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response

National Strategy

The National AMBER Alert Coordinator, in collaboration with a national advisory group, developed a strategy for supporting states and communities to strengthen the AMBER Alert System nationwide and increase the likelihood that abducted children will be recovered swiftly and safely. The three components of the national AMBER Alert strategy are:

  • Assess Current AMBER Alert Activity
    • Determine number of local, statewide, and regional plans
    • Compare plan operations and AMBER Alert criteria
    • Evaluate available technology
  • Create a Coordinated AMBER Alert Network
    • Develop guidance on criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert
    • Establish federal, state, and local partnerships
    • Promote technological compatibility among communications systems
  • Communicate Lessons Learned
    • Work with law enforcement and broadcasters on missing children issues and the proper issuance of AMBER Alerts
    • Help states and communities develop and enhance their AMBER Alert plans
    • Raise public awareness on how to protect children and prevent abductions

National Advisory Group Members

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Broadcasters
  • Law enforcement officers