The IGO and its members are always looking for ways to serve Iowa and the communities that we live and/or work in. Sponsoring CITO’s, organizaing events and educating the public are just a few ways that we make an important contribution.

Amber Alert Program

Another way that IGO members can help make a difference is by participating in a relatively new Wireless Amber Alerts program. In January 2006, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack encouraged all Iowa state employees to participate in this program. Since IGO members are frequently outdoors, and often in remote areas, the IGO would like to also encourage all geocachers to participate. There is no cost to sign up or participate but if you enroll you might occasionally receive incoming messages on your cellular phone(s). Details of the program follow in these paragraphs which were copied and edited from the January 2006 press release:

The Iowa Department of Public Safety urges everyone with cellular telephones to enroll in a free service allowing them to obtain information regarding abducted children. This service, known as Wireless Amber Alerts, would allow cell phone users to get a text message regarding information of child abductions in Iowa when an Amber Alert is issued. Enrolling in this service is easy. Simply log onto

and follow the simple instructions to enroll. The successful recovery of a child depends on wide dissemination of critical information. By having many IGO members enroll in this program, we will have hundreds of additional eyes and ears across Iowa that could potentially aid in the recovery of an abducted child. Thank you for your efforts to assist law enforcement recover abducted children.