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Amber Alert Plan is a statewide notification program to help locate abducted and endangered children within the first 24-hours which are the most critical hours in an abduction.

The power of free, over-the-air electronic media is the best way to quickly reach Indiana citizens who may have information leading to the return of a missing or abducted child. Through the Indiana Amber Alert Plan, listeners and viewers will become the eyes and ears for police, and hopefully aid in the return of the child.

Each city or state's Amber Plan program is administered separately in accordance with EAS procedures approved by the FCC. Each program establishes its own Amber Alert criteria, activation procedures, and distribution methods.

For example, the Indiana Amber Alert Plan has four Alert criteria:

  1. The child must be under 18 years of age
  2. The child must be believed to be abducted, and in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
  3. There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.
  4. Request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.

Missing adults and runaways do NOT qualify for Amber Alert activitation in Indiana. Children taken in child custody disputes generally will not qualify for an Amber Alert unless there is specific credible information indicating a child may be in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.

The Amber Alert Plan in Indiana distributes Amber Alerts using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), but also integrates broadcast fax, e-mail, broadcast station news sources and the amberalertindiana.com web site

For more information on the Amber Alert Plan in Indiana contact: The Indiana State Police Missing Children @ 317-232-8310.

Download a copy of the Amber Alert Indiana Engrossed Senate Bill 20.

The Amber Plan is endorsed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This non-profit center was founded by John Walsh after the abduction and murder of his son, Adam. John is also the host of "America's Most Wanted" television program.

In February 2002 the FCC amended its rules for the Emergency Alert System to add a new Child Abduction Emergency (CAE) event code which may be used to activate the Amber Alert Plan messages. The FCC has "strongly encouraged" radio, TV stations and cable outlets to voluntarily use the new CAE event code as soon as their EAS encode/decorder equipment can be modified.

Visit the FCC's website (www.fcc.gov) for more information about the Emergency Alert System.