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Stories Added - August 2008
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Big Thicket Messenger - August 2008
Livingston – The Deep East Texas Regional Amber Alert (DETRAA) system will become operational August 1. The DETRAA plan is a voluntary partnership between local law-enforcement agencies and local broadcasters to send out an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and it is believed the child’s life is in grave danger. Under this plan local radio and television stations initially interrupt broadcasting and air the abducted child’s information along with any suspect information using the Emergency Alert Service. A test of the DETRAA system will be conducted at noon on August 1. Citizens will hear the Amber Alert followed by the EAS message advising it is only a test. During an actual Amber Alert tones will be followed with the child’s and suspect’s description and when available a vehicle description. Citizens may also be notified through flyers, electronic billboards, email, text messages and other means. Citizens can sign up to receive free Amber Alert text messages on their cell phones or pagers by going to www.wirelessamberalerts.org. Businesses can also sign up to receive free Amber Alert faxes by going to www.beyondmissing.ocom. The Deep East Texas Regional Amber Alert Plan is comprised of eight counties and local broadcasters, including Sabine, Shelby, San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Angelina, Polk, Trinity and Houston counties. Media and broadcasters include KTRE, SuddenLink, SFAU, KYKS, KJCS, KFOX, KTBY, KSFA and KVLL. For more information, contact your local law enforcement agency.