Amber Alert

AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to nine-year old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. The AMBER Alert System started in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters partnered with local law enforcement to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children.

What is AMBER Alert Child ID?

The AMBER Alert Child ID program is a voluntary program for all children under the age of 18. The parent/guardian of participating children will receive a wallet-sized, laminated card with a photo of the child, a unique AMBER Alert number and only minimal, yet essential information needed to find a child in the event the child is abducted. The encrypted information is sent to a secured National AMBER Alert date base. Multiple AMBER ID cards are available.

How to Obtain an AMBER Child ID Card

Simple! Just come to the Chester Fair. While you are here enjoying the fair stop by at the Amber Alert Tent and in a few minutes it done! The only requirement is for the parent/guardian to fill out and sign a brief consent form.

Privacy and Security

The AMBER Alert Child ID team ensures both the privacy and security of the information obtained about the child. The information on the card and in the data base will not endanger the child at any time. It does not identify the child by name, address, school or event location and is useful only to law enforcement and the parent/guardian in an emergency. The personal data on the child is guarded by making access to the information only available to the few individuals who are authorized to activate an AMBER Alert. All access to the data is logged and audited by an independent non-governmental organization.
The system is enhanced by the use of strong encryption of the data for security purposes.

Are there any fees?

There is  no charge for registration and one Amber ID card. The Chester Agricultural and Mechanical Society has made arrangements with the Clinton Rotary Club to provide this service. Whelen Engineering Company Inc. of Chester has generously provided 100% funding for any costs associated with this effort.

 Should a parent/guardian wish to have multiple Amber ID cards they are available at a nominal cost.