Several news reports have recently indicated AMBER Alerts are not being issued due to the Federal Government shutdown.
The Ohio AMBER system is initiated by local and state authorities and has not been impacted by the shutdown. The AMBER Alert system is working and available 24-hours a day and includes secondary alerting systems from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
According to Robert Hoever, NCMEC’s Director of Special Programs - Missing Children Division, “There recently has been a lot of media attention regarding the government shutdown, specifically the AMBER Alert website, amberalert.gov. This is an informational website; the AMBER Alert Program has NOT been shut down. Although the federal level website for information purposes is not active, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children continues to provide operational support for each AMBER Alert Program in the nation. Nothing has changed.”
According to Ohio AMBER Alert Coordinator, Captain Rob Jackson, “Law enforcement agencies across Ohio are still able to issue AMBER Alerts and the State of Ohio and NCMEC will still activate all systems associated with the alerts.”
For more information about Ohio AMBER Alert visit http://www.ohioamberplan.org.