Nebraska has a new tool to help find a missing person.
The Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) would be issued for an adult who is in some way vulnerable.
Jim Timm, Nebraska Broadcasters Association executive director, says radio and TV stations will help get the information to the public.
“We already have Amber Alerts,” Timm told news reporters on a conference call. “We decided an EMA could be an all-encompassing system where we can seek the public’s support to find missing persons quickly, and have it activated only through local law enforcement, rather than statewide.”
Capt. Jeremy McCoy, Nebraska State Patrol, says the system is modeled on guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“It’s designed for local law enforcement to be able to work with their local media,” he explains. “However, this gives them another option to ask us (NSP) to issue the Endangered Missing Advisory.”
The new system will not trigger an alert on your cell phone, like an Amber Alert does.
“This type of an alert is used when the risk of someone being beyond a distance of maybe even a few miles is not very great,” Timm said.
He says local law enforcement can contact the Nebraska State Patrol to issue an advisory.
The public can sign up to receive the alerts as well, by going tot he State Patrol’s website.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:39]