How the Alaska Amber Alert Plan Works

The AMBER Alert Plan is an early warning system available for use by law enforcement to alert the public when a child has been kidnapped and law enforcement believes the child is in danger. The plan is designed to use maximum public participation to recover children in only the most serious child abduction situations. It is hoped that the early warning distributed by the state radio and television Emergency Alert System (EAS) will coerce a kidnapper into releasing a child unharmed.

After receiving a report of a child kidnapping, the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction determines if the child kidnapping meets the requirements of the Alaska AMBER Plan. If it does, the agency contacts the Alaska State Troopers Dispatch Center to request activation of the AMBER Plan. Trooper dispatch confirms that an AMBER alert plan is necessary, collects the information and begins notification of proper parties. The Alaska Division of Emergency Services is notified and activates an AMBER Alert for the state.

When ADES activates the alert through the statewide Emergency Alert System, the information is broadcast to all radio and television stations and GCI Cable. Participating stations will broadcast the information every half-hour for the first two hours, then once per hour for the next three hours. If the child is recovered during the activation period of the alert, the reporting agency will notify the Troopers. ADES can then send a deactivation message through the system.

By broadcasting frequent public alerts, descriptions and other vital information in the crucial first hours after a child abduction, law enforcement hopes to enlist citizens in an effort to recover the child unharmed