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Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 AMBER Alert Updates


AMBER Alert Twitter Account @AMBERAlert

Nationally (well, really anywhere with an internet connection) you can now receive AMBER Alerts in your Twitter feed.

The Twitter account, @AMBERAlert, will provide followers with updates on AMBER Alerts for missing children. Twitter users, who follow the account, will automatically receive all AMBER Alerts in their Twitter feed from all across the country.

"Since it was created in 1996, the Amber Alert program has grown into a powerful national network that has helped to safely recover 679 abducted children," Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs and National Amber Alert Coordinator, said in a news release. "By adding Twitter to the network, we greatly enhance our ability to reach the public and are able to make this important public safety tool even more effective."

The Twitter account will be managed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Elsewhere in new AMBER Alert developments, the Illinois Lottery has embraced a creative new way to use Lottery LED terminals.

AMBER Alerts will be posted throughout Illinois using the Lottery's LED terminals in all 8,200 locations that participate in the Lottery throughout the state. The LED terminals will show photographs and information to help locate child victims of abduction.

 "It's just a partnership that makes a whole lot of sense. We have this fairly new technology in all of our stores, and we can use it for this good cause to hopefully save kids that have been abducted and we can quickly respond to that," said Mark Lang of the Illinois Lottery. 

The Illinois Lottery LED terminals will keep AMBER Alerts as long as the alert is in effect. An approach we hope to see other State Lottery's embrace in 2014.

For more information about AMBER Alerts, including the history of the program, visit www.amberalert.gov.

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