VERMONT AMBER ALERT PROGRAM
All VERMONT AMBER CHILD ABDUCTION ALERTS will originate from Department of Public Safety/Vermont Emergency Management Office via the State Emergency Alert System (EAS) Network. An AMBER ALERT can only be issued at the direction of the Watch Commander of the Vermont State Police.
An AMBER ALERT will only be issued if a child is seventeen (17) years of age or under and the law enforcement agency believes his/her life is in imminent danger. AN AMBER ALERT is NOT for missing children or a child involved in a custody dispute.
All law enforcement officials or agencies must submit an AMBER ACTIVATION REQUEST directly to the duty “Watch Commander” of the Vermont State Police. The duty “Watch Commander” must approve all AMBER ACTIVATION before an EAS ACTIVATION is sent out to radio and television stations. An “AMBER CANCELLATION” will be issued, using the same Vermont State Police procedures, if the child is released from danger within the first few hours of the AMBER ACTIVATION.
IF YOU RECEIVE AN AMBER EAS ALERT: EVERY STATION SHOULD RE-TRANSMIT EVERY AMBER ACTIVATION or THE CANCELLATION BROADCAST IMMEDIATELY. (The instructions for re-transmitting an “AMBER ALERT” would probably be the same procedure your station follows for re-transmitting a “Weather Warning” or the REQUIRED MONTHLY TEST).
AMBER ALERT broadcasts will be issued several times during the first two hours. Every AMBER EAS broadcast should be re-transmitted on your station(s) as each could include additional or up-dated information. A new AMBER ACTIVATION may be re-issued, if warranted. (An example of a “Re-issued AMBER ACTIVATION” might include a sighting in a different region and/or a transfer of the child to a different vehicle.) An AMBER ACTIVATION will SELF-CANCEL after a six hour period has elapsed.
During AMBER ALERTS, a telephone number will be transmitted (within the EAS message) for the public to call with information of any “sightings”.
Station personnel should also monitor their station’s fax machine and E-mail for photos or other information, which may not have been included in the EAS AMBER information.
AMBER ACTIVATIONS are voluntary, however all radio & television air staff should keep in mind most Vermont stations are unattended after normal business hours, and therefore the public can only rely on information relayed by the Vermont EAS Network.
FORWARDING ALL AMBER INFORMATION VIA EAS, IS THE ONLY WAY EVERY RADIO AND TELEVISION STATION CAN PARTICIPATE AND THEREFORE PROVIDE MAXIMUM EFFORT IN LOCATING AN ABDUCTED CHILD.
(Keep in all On-Air Studios or Master Control with your EAS Plan )
For additional information of Vermont Amber Alerts, contact:
Lieutenant Michael C. Macarilla
Director ~ Vermont Intelligence Center
Vermont State Police
188 Harvest Lane
Williston, VT 05495
802 872.6111 (Office)
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