The Montana Department of Justice will perform a statewide test of the Montana AMBER Alert System on Friday, January 13 at 10 a.m. local time.

An AMBER Alert system is activated when law enforcement has reason to believe that a child has been abducted and that the child’s life may be in danger.

The system provides that information to the general public through radio, TV, cell phones, and any other systems that will alert the public to a possible abduction.

AMBER Alerts History

Amber Alerts have been around since 1996. Many states have used many names for a Child Abduction Emergency but eventually it was named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996.

The term AMBER is also an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.

Montana established the AMBER Alert system in 2003 and since that time 32 AMBER alerts have been issued by state law enforcement involving 47 children.

Seven were abductions that were directly related to Montana or Canada. Thanks to public response to these alerts 43 children were located safely. Sadly, four were found deceased.

For more information about the system and this alert see: