NY-ALERT: AMBER and Missing Child/Person Alerts
The New York State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice Services have partnered with NY-ALERT to allow you to sign up to receive free AMBER Alerts, Missing Child/College Student and Adult Alerts - via e-mail, text message or fax - whenever one of these alerts is issued in New York State.
- If you already have a NY-Alert account, simply add AMBER Alert & Missing Child/Adult Alerts to your profile
- If you do not have an account with NY-ALERT, you need to establish one before you can subscribe to AMBER and Missing Child/Person Alerts. You may want to take a minute to review the step-by-step guide so you know what to expect once you start the online registration process. It is not complicated, but there are multiple steps to the process. When you are ready, Sign up for NY-ALERTS NOW
Once you establish a basic NY-ALERT account, you will have your own "My Alerts - Home" web page. On that page, you'll need to click the "Add Notification" icon, which will bring you to a page with an "AMBER and Missing Child/Person Alerts" icon.
Click "AMBER and Missing Child/Person Alerts" and you will be registered to receive Alerts for your primary location. You won't need to do anything more, unless you want to change the way you receive alerts or the locations you wish to be alerted about.
If you do not have access to a computer, you can subscribe to receive NY-Alert messages via phone by calling 1-888-697-6972 (Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 4 PM.)
About The Alerts
AMBER Alert List
The NYS AMBER Alert Plan is activated by the New York State Police when an investigating police agency confirms that: an abduction of a child (under the age of 18) has occurred, and the child is believed to be in danger of serious bodily harm or death, either due to the actions of another or due to a proven mental or physical condition. Information is immediately distributed electronically to broadcasters and police agencies in the activation area(s), NYS Thruway travel plazas and toll barriers, Alert subscribers and others. Information is also placed on the NYSP and NYS DCJS websites.
Missing Child Alert List
The NYS Missing Child/College Student Alert Program is activated by the NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse when a child or college student (any age) is reported missing and deemed to be endangered, but known circumstances do not meet AMBER activation criteria. Information is immediately distributed to all entities listed under the NYS AMBER Alert Plan. However, unlike an AMBER Alert, respective station managers decide if and when to broadcast information.
Missing Adult Alert List
The Missing Vulnerable Adult System is activated is by the NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse when a missing vulnerable adult is deemed to have a cognitive disorder, mental disability or brain disorder and poses a credible threat of harm to such missing individual. Information is immediately distributed to all entities listed under the NYS AMBER Alert Plan; however, unlike an AMBER Alert, respective station managers decide if and when to broadcast information.