WHEREAS, the abduction and recovery of baby Abigale Woods in Franklin County serves as a reminder of the ability of rapid communication to assist law enforcement agencies in the search for abducted children; and
WHEREAS, statistics show that the first three hours after a child's abduction are most critical to recovery efforts; and
WHEREAS, wireless devices facilitate rapid communication of information; and
WHEREAS, The Wireless Foundation and the AMBER Alert Portal have established a simple online process by which consumers can enable wireless devices to receive free wireless AMBER alerts; and
WHEREAS, consumers can complete that process by visiting www.wirelessamberalerts.org and www.amberalert.com; and
WHEREAS, the employees of the State of Missouri can play a role in aiding law enforcement efforts by visiting www.wirelessamberalerts.org and www.amberalert.com and completing that process.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MATT BLUNT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, order and direct all employees of the State of Missouri to forthwith enable any state owned wireless telecommunications device capable of receiving text messages or emails, including but not limited to cell phones and Blackberries, to receive wireless AMBER Alerts.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 4th day of October, 2006.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State