Thursday, January 13, 2011

Amber Alerts Join Facebook

Facebook announced Wednesday it is teaming up with authorities to help find missing children. People can now find Amber Alerts on the popular networking site.

With a mere click of the mouse, or update on your phone, you can help find a missing child. "Being able to immediately get those alerts on your phone, on your computer, wherever you're at, means that a child can come home alive," said Colleen Nick, of the Morgan Nick Foundation.

Colleen Nick's daughter, Morgan, went missing back in 1995 at a little league ball game in Alma. More than a decade later, she is still missing. "If we'd had a resource like the Amber Alert when Morgan was missing, that could have very much impacted her case. We probably would have very likely found her right away," said Nick.

Facebook users in 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands can all sign up to receive the alerts. You can pick which states will send you alerts. "What we're trying to do is to use the kinds of mechanisms and the kinds of tools that people are using all over the world," said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Nick says 2,000 children are reported missing every day in the United States, and every second counts. "When you can immediately notify the public and have thousands of eyes and ears looking for that child...we can see a child recovered very very quickly," said Nick.

To get Amber Alerts on your Facebook visit