Raleigh -- Communities across the country are coming together to observe National AMBER Alert Awareness Day. It is in honor of Amber Hagerman whose kidnapping and murder led to the establishment of a national America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER)) Alert Program by the US Department of Justice.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Transportation, 595 children nationwide have been successfully located as a result of the program.
North Carolina's AMBER Alert program began in 2002 and according to the state it has had a 100 percent success rate since it's inception.
This year the focus is on the new Wireless program. On December 14, 2012, CITA-The Wireless Association, The Wireless Foundation, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Syniverse announced the program would begin at the end of the year.
If you have a smartphone you may be able to get automatic AMBER alerts now.
Click here to learn more about North Carolina's efforts to keep children out of harm's way through the AMBER Alert System.
Click on the video to learn more about Amber Hagerman's story.