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Texas Center for the Missing and Humana Launch a New Mobile Search and Education Lab for the Prevention and Recovery of Missing Children


Friday, September 21, 2007 10:21 am EDT



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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Texas Center for the Missing launched to the greater Houston, Texas Gulf Coast, and Montgomery County area the Mobile Search and Education Lab, a new community asset for the prevention and recovery of missing children, at three unveiling events this week. The non-profit organization provides support for families, law enforcement, and volunteers searching for missing children in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region, and used a grant from health insurer Humana (NYSE: HUM) and The Humana Foundation to fund the Mobile Lab.

The Mobile Search and Education Lab will function as a hands-on center to educate law enforcement about web-based Amber Alerts and as a learning center on Internet safety for children, teens, and parents. During high-risk abduction investigations, the self-contained Mobile Lab can also serve as the incident command center at search-and-rescue sites.

With almost 15,000 children reported missing in our area each year, we must use all of the resources and technology possible to prevent these tragedies, and mobilize quickly when a child is missing, said Beth Alberts, chief executive officer of Texas Center for the Missing. This new Mobile Lab will enable us to do just that.

Other functions of the Mobile Lab include:

  • Creation and distribution of digital child identification kits and missing child response plans.
  • Deployment and training exercises for the Southeast Texas Child Abduction Response Team, a multi-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional, pre-planned, coordinated response to cases of endangered missing children and child abductions.
  • Deployments of the Southeast Texas Search and Rescue Alliance for field training and search operations.

The Mobile Lab was funded by a $100,000 grant from Humanas 2007 Houston Benefits program, the health insurers annual charitable award for a non-profit organization serving the greater Houston metropolitan area.

Humana is honored to serve alongside worthwhile organizations like Texas Center for the Missing as we find ways to support the needs of our community, said Pattie Dale Tye, market president of Humana of Houston. The Mobile Search and Education Lab will help keep the children of the greater Houston and Galveston area safer in a variety of ways including Internet safety education and digital ID kits. The Mobile Lab will also lend much needed support to families and law enforcement officers in times of crisis.

The three events, held at Rice University, Galveston County Justice Center, and Shenandoah Police Department, were attended by:

  • Captain John Mokwa, Houston Police Department, Juvenile/Missing Persons Division
  • Chief John Chancellor, Shenandoah Police Department
  • Chief of Police Kenneth Mack, Galveston Police Department
  • Chief Deputy Freddie Poor, Galveston County Sheriff's Office
  • Kurt Sistrunk, Galveston County district attorney
  • Chief of Police John Chancellor, Shenandoah Police Department
  • Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
  • FBI National Academy graduates
  • Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Los Carnales Motorcycle Club, a law enforcement motorcycle club
  • Mayor Becky Altemus, City of Shenandoah
  • Nicholas Williams and Alicia LaChapelle, field services representatives, the Congressman Nick Lampsons Office, 22nd Congressional District of Texas

About Texas Center for the Missing

Texas Center for the Missing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to offering help, and hope, to the missing and their families. As the administrator of the Houston Regional Amber Alert, Texas Center for the Missing trains law enforcement on the Amber Alert system and provides 24-hour support and consulting to law enforcement agencies in the 13-county region in and around Houston. Safety education programs are also offered to the community to prevent Internet lures and child abductions. Visit www.thetexascenter.org to learn more.

About Humana of Houston

Humana has served Houston for over 10 years. With offices in the Galleria area, the company insures more than 201,000 health plan members in Houston and has moved to expand its presence in the area through the introduction of consumer-friendly, cost-effective health plans such as SmartSuite® and CoverageFirst®.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services through traditional and consumer-choice plans to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Over its 46-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the companys web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders;
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
  • Most recent investor conference presentations;
  • Quarterly earnings news releases;
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
  • Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
  • Corporate Governance Information.

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Texas Center for the Missing
Beth Alberts, CEO, 713-314-3644
Pager: 713-787-7466
Humana Corporate Communications
Anna Hobbs-Little, 214-336-1821