Does the federal government shutdown affect Amber Alert?

Updated: 10/08/2013 12:22 PM
Created: 10/07/2013 11:37 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

Maybe you've seen this story out there today. The federal government shutdown put the national Amber Alert website offline. That's true. But does it affect the Amber Alert system? No.

If you click on AmberAlert.gov you get one of those "webpage cannot be found" messages. That's alarming to people especially considering what Amber Alert does, which is send out details of missing children in real time to public notice boards across the state and country.

So we decided to look into it. Here's what we learned from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

The Department of Justice Web site that provides information on the AMBER alert program is off-line but the program itself, which alerts communities to serious child abductions, is still up and running.  Only the DOJ Web site, which is informational, is down. Each state has their own AMBER Alert Program. Service has not been impacted.  The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children continues to provide operational support for each AMBER Alert Program in the nation.  

We're trying to talk to a representative from the National Center this afternoon.

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