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May 12, 2016

Press release - AMBER Alert Exercise






On Wednesday, May 11th, the Department of Public Safety conducted an exercise of the Vermont AMBER Alert system. Participants in the exercise involved the Vermont State Police, Vermont Intelligence Center, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Office of Technology and Management, Department of Information and Innovation, VT Lottery and VT Transportation. This exercise tested various components of Vermont’s Amber Alert system and was very successful.


The AMBER Alert system utilizes the VT-Alert system, which sent out 8,711 emails and 4,575 text messages to subscribers during the exercise.  VTrans successfully relayed the test alert on 42 of their boards across the state.  The VT Lottery system successfully messaged the alert on their boards and printed alerts on lottery tickets at over 800 locations around the state. An email with the fake alert scenario was also successfully sent to over 6,000 email accounts. The internet and social media were also utilized, posting the alert on websites, Facebook and Twitter pages. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) was also exercised and sent the test alert message to local TV and radio stations.


The Department of Public Safety strives to have the most effective AMBER Alert system available to protect our children and we welcome additional partners or ideas on how to expand and improve our system.


Cellphones can also receive Amber Alert messages through the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. This alert is location based and pushed out from cellphone towers.  WEAs are only utilized in the most serious cases and are not utilized in exercises.


To receive Amber Alert messages you must first register in VT-Alert. Anyone who wishing to sign up for a free account or wants to learn more about VT-Alert can go to the following link.



For further questions about the exercise, please contact:


Vermont State Police Lieutenant Kevin Lane

Director of the Vermont Intelligence Center