Local organizations are trying to make it easier to get the information out when a child is kidnapped.
The Amber Alert Network-Brazos Valley Administration Board and Brazos County Emergency Communications District are using advancements in technology to keep your children safe.
This fall, the Brazos County Emergency Communications District started offering free and local wireless amber alerts.
"The amber alert messages coming via cell is crucial in recovering a child and catching a suspect," Elizabeth Godwin, the executive director of the Brazos County Emergency Communications District.
If a child goes missing in this area, law enforcement officers contact Brazos County 911, who get the information on the radio. They then contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which sends the electronic message.
"They would be able to utilize their technology be able to format an electronic message that is sent out to any subscribing wireless device that are set to receive wireless amber alerts for this area," said Chuck Fleeger with the Amber Alert Network-Brazos Valley Administration Board.
You can sign up for free at www.wirelessamberalerts.org. Just enter the zip code for the area you want to monitor. If you sign up for Bryan or College Station, you will receive alerts from all seven counties in the region.
"Amber alerts do work and I know that the wireless amber alerts is just another way to get the information out to more people," Fleeger said. "The faster you get it out to more people it increases the chances of safely recovering the child."
"Children don't ask to be abducted. They don't put themselves in harm's way on purpose, and we as community leaders need to focus on what we can do to keep our children safe," Godwin said.
Click on the links below for more information about The Amber Alert Network-Brazos Valley Administration Board and to sign up for the free service.
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