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Klaas Kids Search Center

Discussion in 'Search and Rescue (SAR)' started by Kimster, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    You call 911 and utter the phrase that will reduce the most self possessed adult to a quivering mass of fear and indecision, “My child is missing”, and thus begins the nightmare. From this point forward every minute until your child is recovered plunges you into an ever-expanding downward spiral as you are faced with the grim reality that you don’t have a clue as to what to do; that control is a tenuous concept at best. Your child that has fallen prey to a kidnapper who can disappear at a mile a minute, so there is not a moment to lose; missteps are not an option; and equivocation can cost lives. This is where the KlaasKids Search Center can help.

    The KlaasKids Search Center offers a highly trained search manager to assist in organizing a community search effort on behalf of a missing child. The Search Center will respond to child abductions when we are contacted by a family member of the missing child or by the jurisdictional law enforcement agency. We will provide on-site assistance in organizing a volunteer search effort while providing liaison with law enforcement, the community and the family.

    There is never a cost for this service.

    You can contact the KlaasKids Foundation Search Center by emailing klaaskidssearcher@yahoo.com.

    Telephone: 850 525-4807

    Fax: 850 484-0585

    http://klaaskids.org/missingkids/thesearch/searchcenter/
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2015
  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    From my personal experience, I found this organization to be organized, caring and professional. They have a system that lets you know what is expected and what to look for and they appreciate their volunteers.

    Ten thumbs up!
     
  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    What To Do If Your Child Disappears
    1. Take a few minutes to collect your thoughts. Could your child be hiding or with other family members or friends? This is a good time to conduct a cursory search and contact relevant parties.
    2. If you have a missing child smart phone app you should activate a missing alert. Among other things this will immediately alert other application holders in your immediate vicinity.
    3. Immediately call (911) and all other local law enforcement agencies: This should include the city police or county sheriff, and the State Police. Insist that they enter your missing child information into the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) at once.
    4. If predatory abduction is a real possibility notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI experience and resources are unsurpassed in law enforcement.
    5. Create a local media (TV Stations, Radio Stations, and Newspapers)contact list. Notify all local media assignment desks. You are your missing child’s best advocate so work with the Media – keep in mind that the public’s awareness about your missing child could be expedited if you share pictures, videos and other details.:
    6. Create a Social Media campaign to inform the public about your missing child. Create a Facebook page that includes photos, videos, articles and links to television segments. IF these elements do not yet exist they can be easily inserted after the fact. Also, create a Twitter feed that directs the public to your other social media profiles. This is the fastest and least expensive way to get the word out.
    7. Contact the KlaasKids Foundation Search Center for Missing Children. Our services are free of charge. Our center will assist you with flyer creation, distribution, and creating an action plan.
    8. If you have a home (landline) phone make sure that it is staffed and is being traced at all times. Do not turn off your cell phone: even when charging.
    9. Find a printer. Volunteers will help you to post flyers in highly visible areas.
    10. Your best chance of recovery is to encourage a coordinated response effort by law enforcement; media; your child find agency; and volunteers.
    11. Take care to preserve your physical well-being. Seek emotional and psychological support from your church or social service agencies. Make sure that you sleep and eat regularly. Refrain from alcohol or other mind altering substances.
    12. Remember – Never Give Up Hope! As long as you believe, hope remains eternal.
    http://klaaskids.org/missingkids/whattodo/
     

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