Parents can have their children photographed and registered in the national AMBER Alert database on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

The program is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is sponsored by the Fairfield Rotary Club and Fairfield Police Department. The museum is at 370 Beach Road.

If a child is missing, the program allows authorities to immediately access a child's photo and description, and quickly distribute that information to law-enforcement officials and the media. The local Rotary Club said that over the last two years it has processed registration for more than 1,200 children at five sessions in Fairfield.

At the registration session, children will be photographed, measured and weighed. Parents then will be issued ID cards for their children. The image and data will be saved electronically in the national data base maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Each ID card bears a photo, date of birth, description and a registration number -- but no name or address.

If a child is missing, the parent could give the card to authorities, who then would access the information and issue a wide emergency alert, which usually includes radio and television reports and messages on electronic road-message signs.

The AMBER Alert System was named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl abducted while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Tex., and murdered in 1986.

The system began a decade later in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, although it would be nearly another decade by the time all 50 states had adopted it.

Rotary Clubs nationwide are involved in AMBER Alert registrations, and the organization says the program has helped save the lives of more than 350 children nationwide.

The program in Fairfield is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, the Rotary said, which allows registrations and one ID card per child to be free. Additional identification cards will be available for $2 each.

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