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AMBER Alert to Springboard NASCIO’s National All Alert System

People at risk from terrorist attacks and from other manmade or natural disasters will soon be more likely to receive early warning messages through a wide variety of communication devices. An amendment to the 9/11 intelligence reform bill mandates a pilot study to improve distribution of warnings. The study will build on the success of the AMBER Alert Portal now operational in several states and immediately expanding to 15 others. This portal instantly delivers detailed official information about kidnapped children through all available means and to all potential stakeholders including the public at large. “We need to link our first responders, emergency managers, and local law enforcement with the technology to broadcast these warnings to the public,” says Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and Response. The Committee held hearings last September on problems with the existing Emergency Alert System (EAS). “The AMBER Alert Portal has been extremely successful in doing that. It is now time to look at how we can replicate that success for all emergency warnings.” Full Story

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