Speed is essential when trying to rescue an abducted child. It's important for law enforcement and the media to get the word out quickly to the community.
Thanks to the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, the Louisiana State Police, local law enforcement agencies, and 250 radio and television stations across the state, Louisiana now has the AMBER Alert in place.
The original AMBER Plan was developed for a local community in northern Texas as a means of distributing urgent child abduction alwrts to area radio stations through an emergency alert system. Because of its success, dozens of communities have used that plan as a model and developed others that are unique to their local needs.
Here's how the AMBER Alert works:
When a child is abducted in Louisiana, State Police will send out the alert to local law enforcement and the media.
Each station will issue the distinct AMBER Alert warning sound.
WAFB Channel 9 will squeeze back regular programming and place a picture of the missing child, along with all available information, on the screen.
The alert will be broadcast every 20 minutes during the first three hours and every 30 minutes thereafter for the next two hours, or until an "end of alert" message is received from law enforcement.
This will give the entire community important information about the missing child during those critical minutes following an abduction.