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The Vital Value of “AMBER Alert”

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Missing Kids | 1 comment


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On December 19, 2012, two young boys from Georgia, Ben and Henry Cleary were supposed to be accompanying their father, Daniel Cleary of Roswell, GA, on an overnight trip to Chattanooga, TN. They were scheduled to return to their mother’s home in Atlanta on December 26.


Ben & Henry Cleary


When they failed to return home by the set date, Theresa Nash, the boys’ mother, went to the estranged father’s home in Roswell and found that the phone had been disconnected and all of his belongings were missing. The boys were the victims of an apparent parental abduction.


Mrs. Nash reported this to the authorities and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issued an AMBER Alert for the boys. CNN then picked up the story and reported the kidnapping on Saturday evening. Someone recognized the boys and reported that they were seen with Cleary at a hotel in Austin, TX, over 1000 miles from their home.


Theresa went to Austin to pick up her sons and Cleary was taken into custody Saturday, December 29, 1012.





The AMBER Alert™ Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.




An AMBER Alert, otherwise known as a Child Abduction Emergency code, is a worldwide abduction alert bulletin throughout many countries. It is issued immediately upon the suspected abduction of a child. “AMBER” officially is a backronym, which stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response”.  It is originally named for Amber Hagerman, a 9 year old girl abducted and murdered in Arlington Texas in 1996.


About 600 kidnapped children have returned home thank to AMBER Alerts.




AMBER Alerts are distributed via commercial, internet and satellite radio stations and by broadcast and cable television by the Emergency Alert System and NOAA Weather Radio. They are also issued via email, electronic traffic signs, and LED/LCD billboards.

You can also receive AMBER Alerts on SOCIAL MEDIA:


amber-facebook Sign up to receive AMBER Alerts in your Facebook News Feed. Simply to go to the    AMBER Alert Facebook page at and “Like” your state under the “AMBER Pages” tab. You can also receive AMBER Alerts from outside your area by clicking “Like” for additional states.


amber-google Use the AMBER Alert Google Gadget to receive AMBER Alerts on your iGoogle or    Web page.
AMBER Alerts are also part of the Google Public Alerts platform. Receive AMBER Alerts when you use Google Search and Google Maps.



Sign up to receive AMBER Alerts through your AOL Alerts.



amber-yahoo Sign up to receive AMBER Alerts through your Yahoo! Alerts.



amber-myspace MySpace will relay AMBER Alerts to all users within the zip codes of where the AMBER  Alert was issued. Notifications will appear at the top of your profile.


You can  also receive AMBER Alerts on your cell phone or other wireless device:




Wireless AMBER Alerts is a multi-media public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to raise awareness of Wireless AMBER Alerts and encourage all wireless subscribers to aid in the search for abducted children. The first three hours after a child is abducted are the most crucial in bringing them home quickly and safely and this initiative between the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the wireless industry has the potential to reach more than 242 million wireless subscribers.




Wireless AMBER Alerts™ will distribute AMBER Alerts to wireless subscribers who opt in to receive the messages. Subscribers capable of receiving text messages, and whose wireless carrier participates in the Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative, may opt in to receive alerts by registering at or their wireless carrier’s web site and designating up to five zip codes from which they’d like to be alerted in the case of an AMBER Alert activation.


The alerts about abducted children will join the system that also sends imminent threat alerts, such as for natural and man-made disasters, and presidential alerts, such as for national security.




These subscribers become the eyes and ears of law enforcement when a child has been abducted. Join those who have already signed up for Wireless AMBER Alerts™ and help bring an abducted child home safely.


For an AMBER Alert, authorities need confirmation that the child has been abducted, that the child is 17 years old or younger, that authorities believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death and that there is a description of the abductor or vehicle used in the abduction.


Click here to receive AMBER Alerts on your phone.

Click here to see active AMBER Alerts.

You can read more AMBER Alert success stories here.

Click here for a Toolkit for Raising awareness.










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  1. Joan Y. Edwards

    Dear Ann,
    I love Amber Alert. It has saved countless lives. Thanks for sharing a blog post about it.

    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards


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