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EMCOM KidSearch Alert
Unlike other notification systems, KidSearch brings missing child alert notifications
all of the way down to the neighborhood level, with the capability to do so within 90 seconds
of the alert being generated, and with its graduated system, provides seemless
integration from a local search for a child that may be lost or have wandered
off, to a full city, county, state or nationwide search for an abducted child.
(See note at bottom of page)
If you are the parent of a missing child, you want to bring the largest
possible coordinated search effort towards locating that child in the shortest
amount of time. If the situation becomes a matter of a child abduction, time
is the critical factor, and you
want widespread notifiation and the effort level immediately increased
without backtracking and starting over with new people and a new effort.
It isn't the name of the plan that counts... it is the integration and
coordination of the search effort that can be applied to immediately find
the child! We recommend using every method available.
The EMCOM KidSearch alert utilizes the unique combination of the EMCOM Nationwide Emergency Alert
Notification System and the EMCOM nationwide network of neighborhood based
Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators (block captains) to provide a
powerful, integrated system for immediate and effective public notification
of missing children, and the same immediate ability to mount fully coordinated,
street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood searches for the child.
- The EMCOM KidSearch Alert system utilizes the satellite based WeatherAlert All-Hazard
radio system for primary notifications. This system incorporates messages
directly from the EAS (Emergency Alert System), including those
designated as AMBER Alert
- The EMCOM KidSearch Alert system utilizes all of the EMCOM notification/communication facilities to significantly extend the breadth and
depth of the alert through the public, with notifications to the neighborhood
and public level within 30-90 seconds of issuance.
- The EMCOM KidSearch Alert system includes the EMCOM network of
neighborhood based Community Coordinators (block captains), that can personnally
notify their neighbors who may otherwise not be notified, help organize search
parties in their area within minutes of the alert, provide situation reporting
to responsible agencies, etc.
KidSearch AMBER is typically activated in situations
which do not yet fit the criteria for an abduction: i.e. when a child may have
wandered off, could be hiding, etc., and is typically used in a more localized
area. Since no abduction is known to have taken place, a wider alert is not
justified, but much of the same resources may be required to seek the location
of the child. EMCOM's unique geographic targeting and other capabilities
lend itself ideally for this situation.
Once an abduction situation has been declared, EMCOM's KidSearch RED module can expand
and speed the notification process to the public, media, other governmental
and non-governmental agencies as well as to companies with a significant force
of drivers on the road such as utility companies, deliver companies, taxi
companies, etc. It's reach includes individuals via cell phone and pager
for persons "on-the-go", or where they cannot get radio/TV bulletins. The
EMCOM system can also supply messaging to electronic highway signs as well as
electronic signs in malls, stores, etc. EMCOM's considerable resources and
comprehensive situation reporting systems/network become critical elements in such
circumstances when time is of the essence.
When a missing child is located, a KidSearch a GREEN
message is generated to indicate that the search is no longer active.
NOTE: EMCOM does not itself issue KidSearch, or any other ALERT
notifications. These are issued by participating law enforcement or other
public agencies through our system. EMCOM provides the nationwide
communications facilities, systems, software, and utilities to reach our
nationwide network of Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators and
members of many other participating organizations, who
themselves have access to our situation reporting systems, communications, and
back-up communications facilities. These are provided as a public service to
facilitate the rapid recovery of missing children.
EMCOM will issue advisories to its network
of other types of alerts which have been issued to the public via other means.
Contact EMCOM for more information.