Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher announces activation of Kentucky's new AMBER Alert Portal

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 15, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Frankfort, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced yesterday the activation of the state of Kentucky’s new AMBER Alert Portal system.  The Portal expands the state’s current kidnapping alert network – which broadcasts messages to TV, radio and electronic highway signs – to include cell phones, beepers, Personal Digital Assistants, e-mail, computer desktops and lottery terminals, among others. 

Governor Fletcher officially activated the new system Sunday before the start of the AMBER Alert Portal System 300 IRL race at the Kentucky Speedway.

“It’s imperative that law enforcement officers are equipped with the best tools when it comes to search and rescue efforts for kidnapped children,” said Governor Fletcher.  “We’re proud to add the nation’s most sophisticated AMBER Alert system to that effort.”

The Portal is provided to the state of Kentucky by the AMBER Alert Portal Consortium, a public/private partnership deploying a state-by-state alert system linking law enforcement and citizens in the common goal to rescue kidnapped children.  Kentucky will be the first state in the nation to roll out the consortium’s new AMBER Alert Child ID Kits, comprised of CDs or USB key chains holding a digital photograph and a description of the child.  In the event of a kidnapping, a parent or guardian can give the kit to law enforcement which will then rapidly disseminate the child’s information to the public.

“I’m calling on the citizens of Kentucky to help ensure the safety of every child in our state by signing up for AMBER Alerts,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I’d also like to recognize the AMBER Development Group, Kentucky Speedway, GPS Industries and the members of the AMBER Alert Portal Consortium for their assistance in providing this service.”

Citizens are encouraged to sign up to receive alerts at http://www.KentuckyAMBERAlert.com.  A public awareness campaign, including radio and TV public service ads featuring Governor Fletcher,  will be distributed to broadcast outlets this week.