AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs and all available technology referred to as the AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program. These broadcasts let law enforcement use the eyes and ears of the public to help quickly locate an abducted child. The U.S. Department of Justice coordinates the AMBER Alert program on a national basis.
Unfortunately, attempting to access amberalert.gov now brings up an error message, saying that the website is no longer available due to a lapse in government funds.
“Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs website is unavailable,” it says on the webpage.
It was immediately unclear when the website was taken down. However, it should be noted that First Lady Michelle Obama’s website for her “Let’s Move” campaign is still up, running and fully functional.
The Department of Justice told Huffington Post that some government websites were taken down as a safety precaution to prevent hackers.
Additionally, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is in charge of compiling the DOJ's national Amber Alert information. Its website is still up and running, and there are no active Amber Alerts at this time.
The DOJ recommends that local jurisdictions only issue Amber Alerts in the most serious abduction cases. Generally, an Amber Alert is filed when law enforcement has confirmation that an abduction occurred, there is a serious risk of bodily injury to the child and there is sufficient descriptive information about the abductee.
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