The AMBER Alert System is an early warning program designed to help quickly locate abducted children in local communities.
It works like this: following an abduction, law enforcement notifies broadcasters and transportation officials, who interrupt
transmissions to get the word out. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created in Texas
as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and killed in 1996. Today, all 50 states have AMBER plans. For
details, see the federal government’s AMBER Alert website.