The NATSO Foundation announced that the truckstop and travel plaza industry will engage in efforts to recover abducted children through the Amber Alert program.

NATSO will work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a secondary Amber Alert distributor by displaying information about abducted children at truckstops and travel plazas across the country.

As a secondary Amber Alert distributor, the NATSO foundation will electronically distribute geographically targeted alerts to nearly 1,150 truckstop and travel-plaza member locations in the U.S. through electronic displays, posters and signage. The foundation will also feature the Amber Alerts on its website,

"We are proud to work with the NATSO Foundation to extend the reach of the AMBER Alert program," sys Ernie Allen, NCMEC president and CEO. "By utilizing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, we will be able to mobilize more people in the search for abducted children and hopefully bring more children home safely."

NATSO made the announcement on Friday, Jan. 13, to help commemorate National Amber Alert Awareness Day. Friday marked the 16th anniversary of the abduction of Amber Hagerman, whose abduction and murder led to the founding of the Amber Alert program.