June 21, 2006
Gov. Tim Kaine today is urging residents to enroll in a free service to send Amber Alerts to their cell phones and other wireless communication devices.
The Amber Alert system broadcasts emergency messages when a child has been abducted and or is in imminent danger.
The broadcasts include information about the child and the abductor that could lead to the child's recovery, including physical descriptions and information about the abductor's vehicle.
With the free service, subscribers would receive the information in a text message. Those who sign up can register for alerts for up to five zip codes.
Kaine says millions of people use mobile phones and PDA's as part of their daily routines. And with the new system, Kaine says more people can play a role in promoting child safety.
Wireless subscribers can register at the www.wirelessamberalerts.com.
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