(L-R): Trooper Matthew Williams (MSP); Sergeant Timothy Fitzgerald (MSP); Karole L. White (MAB); State Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-37); Elena Palombo (MAB)

Michigan celebrated AMBER Alert Awareness Week Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21 to help bring more awareness to the Michigan AMBER Alert Program and to promote the importance of AMBER Alerts in recovering abducted or endangered children. The statewide AMBER Alert week was designated by the Michigan Senate in Senate Resolution 178, introduced by Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-37) of Traverse City. The resolution outlines the importance of AMBER Alerts, provides information about the program, and explains how funds are raised through the Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation (MAAF). MAAF helps support the program and technology to meet the ongoing mission to recover abducted or endangered children. Senator Schmidt said “Michigan AMBER Alert is just one of the many community services offered by our local broadcasters. The combination of AMBER Alerts and the excellent work of law enforcement have helped to return hundreds of children to their families.”

“The AMBER Alert system extends the eyes and ears of law enforcement to residents throughout the state who may be able to help in finding these children. More than 351 children have been returned to their families over the past 15 years,” according to Karole L. White, Chair of MAAF.

“The public’s help is essential to the success of an AMBER Alert, it takes our communities working together with law enforcement, broadcasters, and other government agencies to save the lives of our abducted and endangered children. Michigan’s AMBER Alert program would not work without the thousands of extra sets of eyes aiding in the search,” said D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, of the Missing Persons Coordination Unit of the Michigan State Police. “We have many tools to help find missing children. AMBER Alert is just one and it is set aside for the special instances where details indicate that a child has been abducted.”

Michigan residents lead active lives that sometime take them away from their televisions and radios. The FCC approved the use of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to inform the public about AMBER Alerts on their cell phones. This text alert provides brief basic details of the AMBER Alert within a specified area surrounding the suspected abduction or the whole state in certain instances. In Michigan, a WEA is only activated when there are details on the vehicle involved in the suspected abduction.

To help continue the Michigan AMBER Alert Program you may donate to MAAF HERE.  MAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations may be tax deductible to the extent of the tax code.