Do you know about "Code Adam"?
I was just informed of this and it gives great peace of mind and wanted to share with all of you in hopes to do the same if you didn't already know.
The program was created after the fatal tragedy of 6-year old boy named Adam Walsh who went missing in a Sears in Florid in 1981.
Thankfully today, many department stores, retail shops, shopping malls, supermarkets, amusement parks, hospitals and museums both in the US and Canada participate in the Code Adam program. As of 2003, All government buildings were mandated to participate in this program.
1. If a visitor reports a child is missing, a detailed description of the child and what he or she is wearing is obtained. Additionally, all exterior access to the building is locked and monitored; anyone approaching a door is turned away. (Lock Down Mode)
2 The employee goes to the nearest in-house telephone and pages Code Adam, describing the child’s physical features and clothing. As designated employees monitor front entrances, other employees begin looking for the child.
3. If the child is not found within 10 minutes, law enforcement is called.
4. If the child is found and appears to have been lost and unharmed, the child is reunited with the searching family member.
5. If the child is found accompanied by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, reasonable efforts to delay their departure will be used without putting the child, staff, or visitors at risk. Law enforcement will be notified and given details about the person accompanying the child.
6. The Code Adam page will be canceled after the child is found or law enforcement arrives.
I've heard of a variety of styles of loud speaker pages regarding a missing child and always try to listen to help whenever possible. "Code Adam" is a wonderful alert system and I'm thankful so many more places take part in it as a standard. Some participating places also have decals advertised on their establishment to reflect their participation.