The Wireless AMBER Alerts initiative is a voluntary arrangement among the wireless industry, including Verizon Wireless, law enforcement agencies, and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
What are AMBER Alerts?
AMBER stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response" and was created in 1997 when broadcasters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to find abducted children. President Bush authorized the national AMBER Alert program as part of the PROTECT Act signed in 2003, formally establishing the federal government's role in the AMBER Alert program and appointing the Department of Justice as the agency responsible for coordinating AMBER Alerts on a national level. The Department of Justice has officially partnered the NCMEC, authorizing it as the agent that coordinates and disseminates AMBER Alerts to secondary distributors including wireless service providers. To date, AMBER Alerts have been credited with the successful recovery of more than 200 children.
Help Find Abducted Children
Verizon Wireless customers who opt-in can receive free Wireless AMBER Alerts™, short text messages with information about abducted children.
Wireless AMBER Alerts are distributed in cooperation with NCMEC and local law enforcement agencies. The alerts will appear as text messages on a wireless phone and will include:
Information about the abducted child
A telephone number for law enforcement to report any information on that child.
Sign Up for Wireless AMBER Alerts
Wireless AMBER Alerts are available to Verizon Wireless customers in all 50 states. However, the alerts you receive will be specific to the ZIP code you select when you opt in to receive the alerts.
Verizon Wireless customers with handsets capable of text messaging can also sign up for Wireless AMBER Alerts by sending a TXT Message to the address AMBER (26237) right from their wireless phones. The body of the message should include a five-digit ZIP Code indicating the state or geographical area for which they would like to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts. Customers will receive a reply message confirming they have signed up for the Alert, along with instructions on how to cancel the service.