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Amber Plan America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response by State

Amber Plan for Texas

updated 10/21/02

Dallas/Ft. Worth Area | Houston | Wichita Falls

Dallas/Ft. Worth:

Informational Website: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/pressoffice/executiveorders/exorder_081202r16.htm

http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/press/pressreleases/PressRelease.2002-09-13.1643/view
Contact Person:
Administrating Agency: Texas Department of Public Safety
Participating Agencies and Organizations:
Office of the Governor, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Transportation, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, various business and private sector concerns, law enforcement agencies, state and local entities, and the public in the state of Texas.
Steps for Activation: To activate the Amber Network, a state, local, or federal law enforcement agency must verify that the proper criteria have been met to activate the plan. Once that verification has occurred, the law enforcement agency must immediately contact the Texas Department of Public Safety and supply the necessary information on forms proscribed by the director.
Scope of Amber Alert: Statewide
Criteria for Activation: The child is 17 years of age or younger; the jurisdictional law enforcement agency believes that that the child has been abducted, that is, unwillingly taken from their environment without permission from the child's parent or legal guardian; there is reason to believe that the victim is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death; it is confirmed that an investigation has taken place that verifies the abduction and has eliminated alternative explanations for the missing child; there is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the child, suspect, or vehicle used in the abduction.
Utilizes Emergency Alert System: Broadcast facilities across the state are encouraged to participate in the Statewide Texas Amber Alert Network through the existing Emergency Alert System (EAS). The Emergency Alert System should disseminate important information over radio and television stations concerning the abducted child. Primary and secondary broadcast stations in the appropriate area will receive notice directly from the Department of Public Safety concerning activation of the Amber Network.
Reporting Phone Number: 911
Success Story: http://wearemissing.freeservers.com/l-p/NancyChavez.html

Houston:

Informational Website: http://www.amber-plan.net/default.asp
Contact Person: Captain Richard Holland, Houston Police Department’s Juvenile Division at 713-308-3598.
Administrating Agency: The Houston Local Emergency Communications Committee (LECC) administers the Houston Regional Amber Plan.
Participating Agencies and Organizations:
Aldine ISD Police, Bayou Vista Police, Bellaire Police, Brazoria County Sheriff *, Brookshire Police, Brookside Village Police, Clear Lake Shores Police, Deer Park Police, Dickinson Police, Fort Bend Constable Precinct #2, Fort Bend County Sheriff, Fort Bend ISD Police, Friendswood Police, Gabriel’s Gifts **, Galveston Police *, Harris County Constable Precinct #4, Harris County Constable Precinct #5 *, Harris County Sheriff, Hedwig Village Police, Hempstead Police, Houston Community College Police, Houston ISD Police *, Houston Police *, Humble Police, Huntsville Police, Jacinto City Police, Jersey Village Police, Katy ISD Police, Katy Police, Kemah Police, Laura Recovery Center Foundation **, League City Police, Magnolia Police *, Meadows Place Police *, Memorial Villages Police *, Metro Transit Authority Police, Missouri City Police, Mont Belvieu Police *, Montgomery County Constable Pct. 4, Montgomery County Sheriff, Nassau Bay Police, Needville Police, Oak Ridge North Police, Pasadena Police, Pasadena ISD Police, Rice University Police, Richmond Police, Rosenberg Police, Santa Fe ISD Police, Santa Fe Police, Seabrook Police, Shenandoah Police, Shoreacres Police, South Houston Police, Southside Place Police, Spring ISD Police, Sugar Land Police, Texas Dept. of Public Safety, Tomball Police, University of Houston Clear Lake Police, University of Houston Downtown Police, University of Texas at Houston Police, Walker County Sheriff *, Waller County Sheriff, Wallis Police, West University Place Police.
Steps for Activation: Participating law enforcement agencies can log on to a secure Amber Plan website or send an Amber Alert fax to KTRH. News editors at KTRH will re-write the website or fax request into an Amber Alert message for immediate broadcast on KTRH. Depending on the circumstances, KTRH can also activate the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to request other radio, TV, and cable outlets re-broadcast the Amber Alert. In addition to activating EAS, KTRH will also use e-mail and broadcast fax technology to distribute the Amber Alert to other participating radio, TV stations, cable systems, law enforcement agencies and Amber Plan business partners. Participating media outlets can interrupt their normal programming or supplement their own news bulletins and newscasts with Amber Alert information. Television stations and cable systems can display the Amber Alert logo and transcribe the Amber Alert message into a character-generated crawl across the TV screen. Amber Plan business partners (such as bus, taxi, and delivery services and corporate sponsors) will notify their own employees traveling in the area to look for the missing child or suspect’s vehicle. When available, the child’s photo will be distributed to television, cable systems, and print media outlets. The child’s photo and Amber Alert message will also be posted on the Amber Plan website (http://www.amber-plan.net/) for the public to view.
Scope of Amber Alert: Regional: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, and Waller counties
Criteria for Activation: In order to activate the Houston Regional Amber Plan, four criteria must be met: The missing child must be 17 years of age or younger and the law enforcement agency believes the child has been abducted. The agency believes the missing child is in serious bodily harm or death. A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the abduction or eliminated alternative explanations. Sufficient information is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the child, suspect, and/or the suspect’s vehicle.
Utilizes Emergency Alert System: Yes. Houston is the only Amber Plan program with both EAS and automatic e-mail/website distribution capability.
Reporting Phone Number: 911
Success Story:

* No e-mail; only fax capability
** Amber Plan Partner

Wichita Falls:

Informational Website:
Contact Person:
Administrating Agency: Wichita Falls Police Department – Juvenile Crimes Unit
Participating Agencies and Organizations:
Local media, the program would also involve CrimeStoppers and Patsy's House.
Steps for Activation: CrimeStoppers would take phone calls from the public when juvenile detectives are not available, and media outlets would be provided with as complete a description of the child as possible, including the clothing worn when the child was last seen. It would also include as complete a description as possible of the child's abductor and any vehicle used in the abduction. Patsy's House, a non-profit home for abused children, would be used to conduct interviews and examinations of children located through the program.
Scope of Amber Alert: Citywide
Criteria for Activation: The child must either be under the age of 16 or have a mental or physical disability, and police officers must believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death
Utilizes Emergency Alert System: Yes
Reporting Phone Number: 911
Success Story: