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NY Joins Amber Effort

NY Joins Amber Effort

New York has unveiled its statewide Amber system, part of the Emergency Alert System. The Albany area rolled out its own regional plan in 2001, but other communities were brought online this summer, including New York City, said Dick Novik, vice president of the New York State Broadcasters Association, which is leading the statewide effort.
“Currently, only the Albany area is using EAS for Amber alerts. The statewide system will use faxes until a new statewide EAS system is completed by year’s end,” Novik said.
California Governor Gray Davis signed a bill in August that takes Amber protocols a step further than current levels.
The Amber program, which stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, was started by Dallas-area broadcasters after the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. It has been credited with saving approximately 21 children.