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AMBER ALERT System Expands to Better Inform Florida Residents

FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has announced changes to its Amber Alert system that is expected to improve their ability to reach more peopled throughout Florida.

According to a statement, the FDLE is upgrading its AMBER and Missing Child Alert Public Notification System to expand the ways citizens are informed during a Florida AMBER or Missing Child Alert. The new system is available starting today, and current subscribers will receive an email about the change.

The new Everbridge platform allows citizens to receive AMBER and Missing Child Alerts through text messages as well as email. In the coming months, citizens will also be able to sign up to receive alerts through voice calls, TDD/TTY messaging, and through mobile device apps.

To use the new system, citizens must create an Everbridge account. Current subscribers will continue to receive email alerts, but, to access the additional functions, citizens will need an Everbridge account.  Everbridge will use your email and phone numbers to send Florida AMBER and Missing Child Alert notifications only.

Officials also note that personal information will not be sold or distributed.

Everbridge is used by government agencies to issue emergency alerts, like severe weather warnings, nationally and in Florida.

Follow this link to register with Everbridge: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736727806

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  • Sounds great. How about something as important? How about they update it to say never mind, all clear, false alarm or hopefully the child is safe and sound? If they are going to notify me make it a full notification let me know when to stop looking.

    Thursday, 14 June 2018, 7:17 am
  • Isn’t this feature automatically applied to your phone if you just allow it in the settings? I get email and phone alerts already. Or is this something entirely new or different?

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:59 pm

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