Today is National AMBER Alert Awareness Day. The Office of the Governor Greg Abbott released the following proclamation: Twenty-one years ago, a young girl named Amber Hagerman was heartbreakingly abducted and murdered near her home in Arlington. Texas. While the details ofthe suspect were provided to law enforcement, there existed no system to quickly inform the community ofAmber’s disappearance. To this day, her death remains unresolved, This tragedy prompted Texas citizens to reach out to radio stations and urge the broadcast of child abduction information. Amber Hagerman is remembered and honored by the establishment of the America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response program (AMBER). Established in 2002, the Texas AMBER Alert Network provides a method to effectively disseminate an AMBER alert to any geographical area in Texas. This includes local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as media to assist with rapid notification. Since the program’s inception through the end of 201 6, 1 54 children have been safely recovered during Texas Department of Public Safety activations. At this time, I urge all Texans to remain vigilant ofthe dangers present and stay informed about what to do when abduction occurs. It is important for parents, family members, friends and teachers to educate children about personal safety, in-person strangers and online strangers. Remember, if an AMBER alert has been activated, be on the lookout for the child, suspect and vehicle. If you witness and abduction or if you locate the child, suspect or possible vehicle, immediately call 91 1 . Every passing moment is essential in the safe return of a child. Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim January 13, 2017 AMBER Alert Awareness Day in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition whereof. In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 6th day ofJanuary, 2017.