EMNet is computer based system that uses the infrastructure of the Virginia Emergency Alert System (EAS) to inform the public of immediate threats to national security, life and property by way of the broadcast stations. EMNet utilizes the infrastructure to notify public radio/television and broadcast system to share information between public safety agencies and the media; who, in turn, transmit information to the public.
VCIN is a telecommunication system which provides 24-hour access to Virginia law enforcement agencies to enter and query information regarding any missing person.
LOCATOR is a software based system that creates posters of missing children for local, statewide, and national distribution and can be used for creating posters for missing senior adults. LOCATOR contains templates for law enforcement agencies to publicize the information to those in the notification lists, During an abduction and when a “Senior Alert is authorized, the Virginia Missing Children Information Clearinghouse (VMPC) can create posters for the “Senior Alert”. VMPC is the only Virginia agency that can create a LOCATOR poster with the “Senior Alert” banner.
The Clearinghouse operated by the Department of State Police has the primary responsibility for the Virginia “Senior Alert” Plan. VMPC can provide services to activate the Virginia Senior Alert Plan and has the ability to scan photographs and enter information regarding a lost senior adult on to the Virginia State Police Senior Alert website, www.vasenioralert.com.
The ACIM program is a non-profit organization that enables law enforcement agencies to create a recorded audio message and publicized by telephone communications. The free service can be used by any law enforcement agency with an executed agreement. The Virginia Missing Person Information Clearinghouse has an agreement with ACIM for using the service. When appropriate during a Senior Alert, the VMPC can contact the organization, identifying affected areas by five zip codes. ACIM will automatically call 1000 telephones numbers in sixty seconds and announce the pre-recorded message regarding the missing senior adult.
Notification of the major public utilities within the Commonwealth which have communication systems capable of notifying their field employees when the Virginia “Senior Alert” Plan is activated. These utilities include electric companies, gas companies, cable companies, etc and will be used in only in extreme emergencies.
If all of the aforementioned criteria are not met, the Virginia “Senior Alert” Plan will not be activated however information can still be provided to the media.
Criteria for the Activation of the Critically Missing Adult (CMA) Alert Plan
If all of the aforementioned criteria are not met, the Virginia “Critically Missing Adult (CMA) Alert” Plan will not be activated however information can still be provided to the media.
The Endangered Child Alert is a component of the Virginia AMBER Alert. For details about this alert and the Virginia AMBER Alert please visit www.vaamberalert.com.
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