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Use You Cell Phone as a Tool: Get Amber & I.C.E

Get Amber Alerts on Your Cell Phone

The Amber Alert Plan was created in 1996 as a powerful legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a bright little girl who was kidnapped and brutally murder while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas. The tragedy shocked and outraged the entire community.

In response to the community's concern for the safety of local children, the Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Radio Managers teamed up with local law-enforcement agencies in northern Texas and developed this innovative early warning system to help find abducted children. Statistics show that, when abducted, a child's greatest enemy is time.

Now the Amber Alert Plan is in place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. You can sign up for Amber Alerts to be sent directly to your cell phone. In the event an Amber Alert is broadcast, you can receive it immediately on your phone. You can sign up for this free service by visiting the Amber Alert Portal at and follow the directions.

Put I.C.E. On Your Cell Phone

The letters I-C-E stand for "In Case of Emergency". If you become unconscious due to an accident or injury, rescuers can scroll through your cell phone and know exactly who to call, gleaning information that could potentially save your life.

"If there is an I.C.E. number in your phone, Police, Fire and Rescue can use it as a tool to make notification to a loved one or get important medical history that could save your life", says Calvert County Sheriff Mike. Sheriff Evans also said "It could be something as simple as a car accident or as complex as medical emergency. I.C.E. could be a lifesaver.

Sheriff Evans is urging everyone to sign up for the Amber Alert program and to have I.C.E. in your cell phone. He says "The Amber Alert program will allow the Sheriff's Office and the community to work hand in hand to return missing children home safely and I.C.E. will help provide a quick and accurate notification or receive important information if you are involved in an unforeseen accident."

The Calvert County Sheriff's Office fully endorses both of these worthwhile programs and hopes everyone in Calvert County will get on board.

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