OLYMPIA, Wash. - Governor Chris Gregoire is declaring Sunday, January 13th, AMBER Alert Day, and the Washington State Patrol is urging everyone to do their part incase of an abduction.
Troopers say it only takes a few minutes to go to www.amberalert.com and register to receive AMBER Alerts.
Alerts can be directed to an e-mail account or mobile phone for immediate delivery.
You can also sign up for breaking news emails from KNDU or KNDO that will include AMBER Alerts on our NBC Right Now home page.
Troopers say the key to successfully recovering an abducted child is having everyone in the community look for both the child and the vehicle used in the abduction.
NBC Right Now also broadcasts AMBER Alerts, as does the Washington State Department of Transportation on variable message signs.
AMBER Alert directors say the criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert is very specific, to ensure that messages don't become so routine that they are ignored:
1. The child is under eighteen (18) years of age, is known to be abducted, and is not a runaway or throw away from home.
2. The abducted child is believed to be in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
3. The AMBER Alert activation should occur within four hours of the event qualifying under the criteria as an AMBER Alert, unless circumstances or the timeliness of the information warrant otherwise.
4. There must be enough descriptive information available to believe that an AMBER Alert activation will assist in the recovery of the child.
5. The incident must be reported to and investigated by a law enforcement agency. So what do you do if you see the suspect vehicle in an abduction? The AMBER Alert agency says call 911 right away instead of trying to recover the child yourself, and let law enforcement make contact with the abductor.