Missing Persons Clearinghouse
NY-ALERT: AMBER and Missing Child/Person Alerts
The New York State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice Services have partnered with NY-ALERT so you can receive free AMBER Alerts, Missing Child Alerts, Missing College Student Alerts and Missing Vulnerable Adult Alerts – via e-mail, text message or fax – whenever one of these alerts is issued in New York State.
- If you already have a NY-Alert account, simply add AMBER Alert & Missing Child/Adult Alerts to your profile.
- If you do not have an account with NY-ALERT, you need to establish one. You will automatically be enrolled to receive these alerts. Check out this step-by-step guide so you know what to expect once you start the online registration process; there are multiple steps. Then, Sign up for NY-ALERTS NOW.
Once you register, you won't need to do anything more, unless you want to change the way you receive alerts or the locations you wish to be alerted about.
If you do not have access to a computer, you can subscribe to receive NY-Alert messages via phone by calling 1-888-697-6972 (Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
About The Alerts
AMBER Alert List
The NYS AMBER Alert Plan is activated by the New York State Police when an investigating police agency confirms that: an abduction of a child (under the age of 18) has occurred, and the child is believed to be in danger of serious bodily harm or death, either due to the actions of another or due to a proven mental or physical condition. Information is immediately distributed electronically to broadcasters and police agencies in the activation area(s), NYS Thruway travel plazas and toll barriers, Alert subscribers and others. Information is also placed on the NYSP and NYS DCJS websites.
Missing Child and Missing College Student Alert List
The NYS Missing Child or Missing College Student Alert program is activated by the NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse when a child or college student (any age) is reported missing and deemed to be endangered, but known circumstances do not meet AMBER activation criteria. Information is immediately distributed to all entities listed under the NYS AMBER Alert Plan. However, unlike an AMBER Alert, respective station managers decide if and when to broadcast information.
Missing Adult Alert List
The Missing Vulnerable Adult System is activated by the NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse when a missing vulnerable adult is deemed to have a cognitive disorder, mental disability or brain disorder and poses a credible threat of harm to such missing individual. Information is immediately distributed to all entities listed under the NYS AMBER Alert Plan; however, unlike an AMBER Alert, respective station managers decide if and when to broadcast information.