Join CafeMom Today! Autism Amber Alert: Endangered Persons Advisory
AMBER Alerts are distributed via commercial radio stations, satellite radio, television stations, and cable TV by the Emergency Alert System and NOAA Weather Radio for child abductions only! Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are NOT included in the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert. This really needs to change.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Endangered Persons Advisory

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Law enforcement officials statewide in Iowa will help spread the word about “endangered persons” who go missing.

The announcement Tuesday about a new Endangered Persons Advisory came via a news conferences in Des Moines, Council Bluffs and Cedar Rapids. And organizers say they’re taking a page from the well known Amber Alert program.

In an Amber Alert, law enforcement determines a child was abducted and is in serious danger. That determination can trigger the use of electronic highway signs, notices to the media and even text alerts to cell phones.

The Endangered Persons Advisory is targeted at seniors with medical conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s who could be in physical danger if they wanted away from caretakers. Officials say it might also apply to children with certain conditions—such as Autism.


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