To observe National Missing Children's Day, City Public Safety officials urge residents to "Take 25" tomorrow, May 25. The campaign, created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, encourages parents, guardians, educators and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.
Julie Righter, 911 Center Communications Coordinator, said each year more than 100 children are taken by non-family members with the intent to either kill, hold for ransom or keep indefinitely.
"The day is a reminder that child safety should be a national priority," Righter said. "It is critically important to teach your children how to call 9-1-1 and what to say to the dispatcher such as their address, full name phone number and the exact problem."
Take 25 focuses on prevention by providing communities with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters and engaging activities. More information on National Missing Children's Day and the Take 25 campaign is available at take25.org.