Position Paper

Public warning systems – an opportunity to alert on missing children at risk

Did you know that for most European countries, public sirens are still the only way for civil protection forces to alert the population in the case of danger such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks?

AMBER Alert Europe and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) strongly support alert people directly on their phone, including when a child goes missing and is at risk of immediate serious harm.

There are cases of missing children, when the most important thing the police can do, is get detailed information about the incident out to the public as quickly as possible. That’s why public warning systems should be used for AMBER alerts as well, taking into account that a child’s life is in imminent danger.

In a time where public safety is at the top of our concerns, both AMBER Alert Europe and EENA hope that the current negotiations on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) will result in efficient public warning systems in all EU countries, which could be also used in order for the police to inform the public when a child has gone missing and his/her life is in danger.

Find the joint position here.