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Statewide Amber Alert System Will Be Tested Friday, May 23, 2008 at 9:10 am


MADISON - The Wisconsin Amber Alert System will be tested statewide tomorrow morning (May 23, 2008) at 9:10 a.m. The Amber Alert system is tested annually to ensure that all components of the system are functioning properly when needed for an Amber Alert.


"Wisconsin's Amber Alert Program is a collaborative partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to alert the general public when a child is abducted," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I'm grateful to our citizens and partners in this successful effort. "DOJ's Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults is working hard every day to reunite the hundreds of missing kids in this State with their families. I invite you to visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice Website for more information about how you and your family can help."


The Child Abduction Emergency Code will be used for the "live" test. The audio portion of the test will state that it is only a test. The visual crawl message will indicate that a Child Abduction Emergency exists; TV stations and cable operators have been requested to display "This is a Test" behind the crawl message to avoid any confusion to the public. Wisconsin highway message board signs will not be tested, though outdoor digital signboards will be activated. The fax and e-mail notification system will not be tested, in order to save available funding for actual Amber Alerts.


"Wisconsin's Amber Alert system has had 14 activations and successfully recovered 20 children. The success of the Amber Alert system is directly related to the partnership of alert citizens and the media with local law enforcement," Van Hollen said. "The Department of Justice thanks all our dedicated Amber Alert partners: Wisconsin Broadcasters, Dane County 911, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin Lottery, Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin, state and local law enforcement and citizens."


Wisconsin wireless subscribers can help in the search for an abducted child by signing up at to receive free Amber Alerts notifications on their cell phones. Subscribers can designate up to five geographic areas from which they would like to receive Amber Alert notifications. For more information regarding missing persons in Wisconsin, please visit