AMBER alerts now available on cellphones

May 7, 2013

By Staff

Washington residents can now receive AMBER alerts on their cellphone.

There are three different alerts issued through the Wireless Emergency Alert system, according to a press release from Washington State Patrol. Those are Presidential Alerts, or alerts issued by the president, Imminent Threat alerts, or alerts for severe man-made or natural disasters, and AMBER Alerts.

AMBER Alerts are used to locate abducted children. Recently, a wireless AMBER Alert allowed police to locate a missing child. However, the timing of the alert was not ideal, and the police received feedback on it. As a result, cellphone users can opt out of these alerts by contacting their wireless provider or go to



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