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2002/10/21RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE STATE OF NC ADOPTING THE AMBER ALERT WARNING SYSTEM TO INFORM CITIZENS OF MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILDRENHarnett C 0 U N T Y NORTH CAROLINA www.harnett.org RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA ADOPTING THE AMBER ALERT WARNING SYSTEM TO INFORM CITIZENS OF MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILDREN WHEREAS, local communities may implement an emergency alert plan such as AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Plan to expedite the recovery of abducted children; and WHEREAS, the goal of the AMBER Alert is to warn the community of a child abduction and to assist in the search and safe return of the child; and WHEREAS, the AMBER plan, a partnership between law enforcement agencies and media officials, assists law enforcement, parents and local communities to respond immediately to the most serious child abduction cases; and WHEREAS, just as in a storm emergency, when warnings are broadcast locally, under AMBER, radio and televisions Stations, as a public service, interrupt programming with a critical message from law enforcement regarding the description of a missing child; and WHEREAS, since the first few hours during which a child is missing are critical, the AMBER plan helps the community respond quickly; and WHEREAS, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children endorses the AMBER Plan and is promoting the use of such emergency alert plans nationwide. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Harnett County Board of Commissioners respectfully requests that the General Assembly enact legislation to implement the AMBER Plan across North Carolina to aid in the search and safe return of abducted children. This 21' day of October, 2002. HARNETT COTNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS I,,-" � A '141 eddy J. Chaff eatrice B. Hill, Vice irman Dan B. Andrews AV4 Walt Titchener — �— Tim McNeill strong roots • new growth q�E Board Meeting Agenda Item MEETING DATE: October 21, 2002 TO: HARNETT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SUBJECT: Amber Alert Resolution REQUESTED BY: Staff REQUEST: In response to the rash of kidnappings of children across the country communities and states are exploring the possibility of developing early warning programs such as AMBER Alert. To express support for such a program in North Carolina counties are being asked to adopt resolutions that support the creation of such a program in our state. A resolution has been prepared for your consideration. COUNTY MANAGER'S RECOMMENDATION: Adopt proposed resolution. \\hcadmin\kblanchmd\My documents\REQUESTS\ag10213.doc Page 1 of 1