No doubt you have seen Amber Alerts on Facebook, relayed by friends.  Some of them, unfortunately, are fabricated (WHY do people do that?). Effective today, Facebook users can keep posted on one of 53 Amber Alert pages, one for each state as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This was all thanks to a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Any Facebook user can “like” the page for their own or other states. They’ll be informed of Amber Alerts originating in their own state, as well as any that originate from elsewhere when the child may be in your state.

The pages are the same as any other Facebook page. You can suggest them to friends, and add them as a favorite of your own Facebook page. Since most of my Facebook friends are concentrated in Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana, I “liked” those pages, in order to spread the word to friends in those states should alerts be issued.

When you see an Amber Alert posted on Facebook, or anywhere else, you can quickly find out if they are for real by a quick visit to the Amber Alert site (as of this writing, the Facebook pages do not have all the information on them, but do have a link to the appropriate web page for the state). More often than not, the breathless-looking, all caps “Alerts” that scream a license number and vehicle description, but don’t have a description or name of the missing child, are the fake ones. (and I ask again, WHY would someone do that?)

Please consider liking the Amber Alert page in your state.

The power of Social Media rocks on!

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