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Amber Alerts

Amateur Radio can be used in support of the AMBER Alert, a programme that is activated when a child is kidnapped and believed to be in danger of physical harm or death from his/her abductor.

In Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan any mature, licenced Radio Amateur, equipped with a VHF and/or UHF station and a reliable internet connection, is welcome and encouraged to register to assist in what could be a life or death matter.

Approved volunteer stations will be added to a special RAC internet email reflector, through which they will receive ONLY notices of or pertaining to AMBER Alerts as issued by the appropriate police department.

Stations are then referred to a website on which will appear the text of the Alert that volunteers will transmit on their local repeater(s) or any other means at their disposal. The Alert will consist of descriptions of the abducted child or children, the abductor and any vehicle associated with the incident and must be transmitted verbatim, without any additions by the volunteer station operator.

AMBER Alert is seen by police as a valuable investigative tool. Dutiful Radio Amateurs can be an important part of that effort.

Volunteers are not expected to sit by their computers and radios, waiting for an Alert. However, they are expected to transmit these important messages when and if they are in a position to do so. Several stations are required in every area of a province to increase the likelihood that one will be available to transmit a given Alert.

Please follow the links below if you would like to register in your province.

Upon submission of the form, registrants will receive further information.

Thank you for your interest and support.