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BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services will conduct an annual test of the AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system. The test will be conducted from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
All components of the AMBER Alert Plan will be tested. Advance notification is important to avoid misinterpretation of this test as an actual AMBER Alert.
AMBER Alerts are recorded on the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s 511 Road and Weather Information System, displayed on the NDDOT roadside message signs, the nd.gov/amber website, and displayed on scrolling banners at North Dakota Lottery terminal sites. Five AMBER Alerts involving six children have been issued in North Dakota. Five of the six children were successfully recovered. Nationwide, AMBER Alert has been credited with the successful recovery of 642 children.
The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the abducted child. The AMBER Alert Plan is a voluntary partnership among law enforcement, state agencies, the National Weather Service and North Dakota Broadcasters Association to activate an urgent bulletin in child abduction cases meeting AMBER Alert activation criteria. NDDES, in collaboration with the NWS, uses the Emergency Alert System to provide a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor to statewide radio and television broadcast stations which disseminate the information to the public. Please register at wirelessamberalerts.org to receive text notifications of actual AMBER Alerts that occur in your area.