(Denver-AP) -- The Amber Alert plan to notify radio and television audiences of missing children went into effect in Colorado today, even though the electronic equipment to make the alerts has been delayed.
Governor Owens says stations will be notified by email, fax or phone until the Federal Communications commission provides the required software to update the Emergency Alert System.
The program is named after Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas, in 1996.
Under Colorado's plan, law enforcement will notify the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which verifies that a child is missing under suspicious circumstances. Then radio and television stations will be notified.