Amber Alert system launches Web site

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's Amber Alert Steering Committee has launched a new Web site and unveiled brochures promoting a toll-free hotline that Ohioans may use to relay information about child abductions.

The Web site is ohioamberplan.org and the hotline is 877-AMBER-OH.

The announcements were made at Ohio's first statewide Amber Alert conference in Columbus this week for public safety officials and broadcasters.

Rob Glenn of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency said no statewide Amber Alert was issued in the system's first year, but there were 12 regional or county alerts and in all cases the children were returned home safely.

Steering committee members said many Ohioans still don't understand that Amber Alerts are reserved for instances in which children younger than 18 have been abducted by strangers and are thought to be in imminent danger.

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