For Immediate Release
UTAH TO CONDUCT 10TH AMBER ALERT TEST
MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY POSTER CONTEST ENTRIES NEEDED
Utah’s AMBER Alert Plan is getting a check-up this Sunday. The state child abduction notification plan is tested twice a year to make sure the alerts are going out as quickly as possible to as many people as possible.
This will be the tenth test for Utah’s AMBER Alert Plan. The tests are held on January 13, National AMBER Alert Day and August 26, the anniversary of the day three-year-old Rachael Runyan was kidnapped near her home in Sunset in 1982.
“Utah’s AMBER Alert Plan works because it is constantly tested, reviewed and refined,” says Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
Radio stations are asked to announce the test and TV stations are asked to run a crawl with an announcement of the test at the top of the screen. All members of the media are also encouraged to post the tests on their web sites. The Utah AMBER Alert Advisory Committee will then review the results and look for any area for improvement.
Shurtleff also announced Utah's participation in a national poster contest for National Missing Children’s Day. The U.S. Department of Justice sponsors the yearly contest that lets 5th grade students develop artwork that will represent America's united goal to bring missing children home. This year’s theme is "Bring Our Missing Children Home."
The Attorney General’s Office will mail letters with details about the contest to every elementary school principal and 5th grade teacher in Utah. The winning artist, along with his or her parents and teacher, will be honored at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. on or around National Missing Children's Day.
Details for the Missing Children's Day Poster Contest can also be found at the OJJDP Web site.