Murphy USA Stations Supporting Amber Alerts
Additech screens at pump will display information about abducted children
EL DORADO, Ark. & HOUSTON -- Murphy USA and Additech Inc, have announced that urgent information about abducted children will now be displayed at all Murphy USA gas stations. In support of the U.S. Department of Justice's AMBER Alert program, Additech will work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as a secondary AMBER Alert distributor and will place AMBER Alerts on the video screens located by the gasoline pumps at Murphy USA locations in the area of a child abduction.
The screens are part of Additech's automated fuel additive system, [image-nocss] which is available at Murphy USA.
Kirt Scott, chief technology officer at Additech, said, "We are hopeful that by reaching more people with information about abducted children in their area, we can help more children come home safe. Additech and Murphy USA are proud to bring this service to their home communities."
When Additech is notified that an AMBER Alert has been issued in the area of a Murphy USA station, it will render a digital image for the video screens that will include information about the child and also possibly a photo of the child, information about the abductor, information about the suspected vehicle used in the abduction and details of the abduction.
Don Miller, manager for business alliances at Murphy USA, said, "As people pump their gas at Murphy USA, they will see, on the Additech video panels, the latest localized and geographically targeted alerts. This new way of distributing AMBER Alerts will advance efforts to utilize the eyes and ears of the general public to assist with the recovery of an abducted child. We want to encourage any Additech and Murphy USA customer who spots a child, adult or vehicle fitting the AMBER Alert description, to immediately call the telephone number given in the AMBER Alert and provide authorities with as much information as possible."
The AMBER Alert program, also known as America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Plan, was created in 1996 and is named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. The program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and others to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child. Since the program began AMBER Alerts have been credited with the safe recovery of 538 children nationwide.
Additech, based in Houston, provides consumers with blended fuel additives through a proprietary and automated system for cleaning and maintaining their vehicle's fuel systems at the gasoline pump.
Murphy USA, based in El Dorado, Ark., owns and operates more than 1,000 stores in 23 states throughout the United States.