Nebraska Lottery Part Of Amber Alert System
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October 1, 2002--The Nebraska Lottery has joined the AMBER Alert
response network in an effort assist law enforcement agencies in
child abduction cases.
AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.
Because time is critical in abduction cases, Nebraska Lottery
retailers and players will be notified of AMBER Alerts through our
statewide terminal network.
In the event of an AMBER Alert, the Nebraska Lottery will send an
"immediate" message to all (1,200) Nebraska Lottery retailers. The special message containing information about the
child abduction will be sent every half hour for the first three
Nebraska Lottery retailers receiving this message must print the
message in order to clear their terminals for normal operation. The
message can then be posted to the attention of customers.
A special posting board, provided by the Nebraska Lottery, will
allow retailers to display the printed message in a prominent place.
To help call attention to the urgent situation, "AMBER ALERT" will
flash on the starlet electronic message sign located with Nebraska
In Nebraska, an alert will begin at the local level with a law
enforcement agency responding to a child abduction that meets the
AMBER Plan criteria. That agency will contact the Nebraska State
Patrol, which will confirm that the criteria are met and deliver the
alert to Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET). NET will
broadcast the information and deliver it to broadcasters across the
state through the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
There are 15 statewide systems and 46 total AMBER Alert systems in
place nationwide. The systems are named after Amber Hagerman, a
9-year-old Texas girl who was kidnapped and killed in 1996. The
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that
since 1996 the system has been responsible for the recovery of 26
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to visit the Nebraska State Patrol