MAILE AMBER Alert system test 02-20-07

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
LAWRENCE K. MAHUNA
PHONE: 961-2244 
FEBRUARY 20, 2007

MEDIA RELEASE

The state of Hawaii will conduct a test of its MAILE AMBER Alert system Wednesday (February 21) at 11:45 a.m.

The MAILE AMBER alert plan is a voluntary partnership between Hawaii’s four county police departments, emergency management agencies and local broadcasters to notify the public when a child has been abducted and to solicit help in finding the child and the abductor.

The test will originate from the Kauai Police Department and will be broadcast throughout the state’s Emergency Alert System. It is one of two tests held during the year to ensure equipment and procedures are in place in the event of an actual alert.

If an actual alert were activated in Hawaii, the public would be notified via the state’s Civil Defense emergency alert system, broadcast media and the state Department of Transportation’s freeway signs. Information would be provided about the child, the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle.

Individuals can sign up for local cell phone or e-mail alerts by registering at www.AMBERAlert.com.

MAILE AMBER is an acronym for Minor Abducted in Life-threatening Emergency and America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response. It is named in memory of 6-year-old Maile Gilbert of Kailua, Oahu, and 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas. Both were kidnapped and murdered.

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