New iPhone App Helps Parents Get Word Out FAST When a Child Goes Missing.
Those who can act fast when an emergency occurs can often help mitigate the extent of damage or injury.
This is especially true in the case of a missing child. The sooner you can alert the authorities with a detailed description, the greater the chances of a safe return.
The FBI has developed and released a new smartphone app to help parents get the word out fast when a child goes missing.
This iPhone app, stores photos and vital description details that can be emailed to authorities–or displayed on the phone–in an instant.
(This free app is currently for iPhone only, and can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store.) People without smartphones can contact their local law enforcement and ask about a Child ID kit that, similar to the Child ID app, stores photos, important details and even fingerprints to help locate a missing child.
• Stay Calm. Call the Authorities. Should the unthinkable happen, the first thing to do is stay calm but act fast and contact the authorities. Stay focused so that you can answer all of their questions.
• Smartphone or Paper File: Keep both up-to-date. Children grow quickly, so be sure to constantly refresh photos and profile details. You want to make sure that the authorities have the most accurate information on-hand if and when they need it.
• There is NO waiting period.You may have heard that you need to wait 24 to 48 hours before reporting a missing child. This is not true. There’s no taking chances when it comes to the safety of children. So if you meet resistance, go up the chain of command.