How the Iowa Amber Plan Works

  • The local law enforcement agency verifies that a child has been abducted and is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.

  • The reporting law enforcement agency contacts Iowa State Patrol Communications and submits an informational packet by FAX with all the required information for the alert.

  • Iowa State Patrol Communications verifies receipt of the AMBER Alert Notification Plan with the reporting/initiating agency, via telephone or IOWA System.

  • The AMBER Alert information is sent to all broadcasting companies, the National Weather Service and the Department of Transportation.

  • The broadcasters, National Weather Service, Department of Transportation and Iowa Lottery broadcast the information to the general public.

  • The general public should contact a law enforcement agency if they can provide any information that would help in locating the child and/or abductor.