AMBER alert

The Missouri highway patrol launched an upgraded AMBER alert system that streamlines the process to get alerts to the public faster. The new system includes wireless emergency alerts and automated social media alerts. The upgrade also includes a public website, which provides the latest information on alerts active in Missouri at any time.

The new alert system directly utilizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System to deliver AMBER alerts to cellular carriers, eliminating a step in the previous system that first delivered alert messages to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for distribution.

Each alert will include photos and descriptions of the missing child and suspect, if available. The new system’s automatic alert updates are designed to reduce the possibility that outdated information will continue to be shared on social media. This new system also will automatically update the patrol's Facebook and headquarters Twitter accounts.

The new alert website allows the public to subscribe to emailed alerts. Subscribers receive immediate notification any time details contained within an active alert are updated. Anyone interested may subscribe to MO Alerts by going to www.moalerts.mo.gov and selecting “Subscribe to MO Alerts” on the left side of the webpage.