What Is an AMBER Alert and How Is It Used

When did AMBER Alerts start?

The AMBER Alert system began in 1996, after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bike in Arlington, Texas. A neighbor immediately reported the kidnapping, and Amber’s parents coordinated with local law enforcement, the FBI, and the media to find their daughter. Unfortunately, Amber did not survive the abduction.

The case deeply impacted the local community. The combined effort of Hagerman’s parents, local law enforcement agencies, and the Texas Association of Radio Managers created the AMBER Alert system. Though the AMBER Alert was named after Hagerman, it is also an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.


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