Making Amber alerts work
By Joe Sandri
It is fabulous that the Seat Pleasant girl who was the subject of an Amber alert was recovered safely [“Girl, 11, returned home to Md.,” Metro, Feb. 15]. Yet that success should not deter improvements to this system.
My family and I saw the alert on TV. The text on the screen offered nothing helpful except a reference to the alert and how to contact officials. It did not describe the girl, the alleged kidnapper or the circumstances of her disappearance; there was no photo of her.
Only a brief voiceover — which was not repeated — offered some of that critical information. Putting such information on the screen and announcing it more than once would greatly expand audience awareness and the effectiveness of Amber alerts.
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