AMBER Alerts

I have to hand it to the Media... when it comes to the Amber Alert initiative, they're definitely on the ball. It's great to see that our society has at least one issue we can all get behind.

The AMBER alert was started in 1996 after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year old girl from Arlington, TX, was kidnapped and later found murdered. The idea behind the project is that if we can get society, as a whole, involved in tracking down missing children then perhaps we can help authorities save lives and bring home a missing child.

Today, we see AMBER alerts issued for missing elderly folks as well. Our electronic billboards and highway signs can be, and have been, configured to display AMBER alerts, and mobile phones can display them even when "locked". These are all good things.

The program is even expanding overseas.

I know it can be annoying to have your phone call, TV show, or Radio broadcast interrupted by these alerts, but bear in mind that a life is on the line when these are sent out. Be mindful that if it were your loved one missing, you would think very poorly of any person that had the audacity to bitch and moan about being interrupted as if those few seconds were more important than your family member or friend.