It is very important that the AMBER Plan not be overused, too many notifications take the urgency out of an alert. Therefore strict guidelines have been set-up to ensure the importance of the AMBER Alert remains intact.
In order to issue an AMBER Alert there must be enough information to report on the victim or suspect, their descriptions, direction of travel, or other substantial facts that the public can look out for.
The child must be 17 years or younger, or possess a physical or mental handicap.
The evidence must show the child is in immediate threat of great bodily harm or death.
The evidence must also show the victim is likely to be in the broadcast area.
In order for an AMBER Alert to be issued, information is required in at least one of the following ways:
- The victims or suspects information or descriptions
- The direction of travel
- Or, other substantial facts the public can look out for