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How Do AMBER And Silver Alerts Work?

You’re probably familiar with AMBER Alerts and even Silver Alerts. But what Blue Alerts? And how do these programs work — and how effective are they?


You've seen them on your phone or on highway signs — or maybe even heard them on the radio: an alert for a missing person that might include a brief description of a possible vehicle and license plate to look for. There are AMBER Alerts, Silver Alerts, and even Blue Alerts. But what are all these different alerts, how do they work, and how effective are they?

We find out from Richard Standifer from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Beth Alberts from Texas Center for the Missing.