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UPDATED: AmberAlert.gov Is Up and Running Again

By October 7, 2013

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Update: As of this morning (Monday, Oct. 7), AmberAlert.gov is back online after being shut down over the weekend.

I've been asked if all the social chatter about the DOJ shutting down its Amber Alert website (www.amberalert.gov) is true, and the answer is yes, the site has been taken down and unceremoniously replaced with a notice stating, "Due to the lapse in federal funding this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable."

This does not mean the Amber Alert system itself has been shut down, however. Amber Alerts are issued by the states, not the federal government. As of this past weekend, the system still seemed to be working fine.

Even with AmberAlert.gov offline, a constantly updated list of current Amber Alerts nationwide remains accessible day and night via the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Comments

October 7, 2013 at 12:18 am
(1) J Lynch says:

This Colorado TV station says Amber Alerts are not affected by the shutdown http://www.9news.com/news/article/358653/188/Amber-Alert-website-shut-down

October 7, 2013 at 2:33 am
(2) Joshua Farrar says:

I called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and they confirmed; not affected by the shutdown. People should still report missing children and sightings to the state police and the NCFMEC.

October 7, 2013 at 10:03 am
(3) RogerW says:

And yet, somehow Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” site is still up and running. Go figure…

October 7, 2013 at 10:13 am
(4) Lilly says:

What does Michelle Obama’s initiative to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for Americas youth have to do with this?

October 7, 2013 at 10:28 am
(5) Mark says:

Lilly, Michelle Obama’s site is funded by the government as is the Amber Alert site.

Which one do you think is more important?

In case you’re not sure, Amber Alert helps find missing children.

It’s called prioritizing, and the order came from the president.

October 7, 2013 at 11:06 am
(6) dennis lee says:

So Mark, a cheap shot to further exploit exploited children.
The “Let’s Move” site might help more children than the “Amber Alert mirror”. The “Let’s Move” site is probably funded from some kind of 1st lady discretionary fund. And the shutdown is congresses fault anyway.

October 7, 2013 at 11:21 am
(7) TC says:

LetsMove, aka the Task Force agasint childhood Obesity is a program administered by HHS – Dept of health and human services. The Amber website is one of many funded by the Office of Justice programs, by the US DOJ dept of Justice. bigg differences.

October 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm
(8) Kris R says:

Let’s Move is funded by many private companies- by NIKE, Inc., the GENYOUth Foundation, ChildObesity180, Kaiser Permanente, and the General Mills Foundation, the inaugural sponsor of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

October 8, 2013 at 10:03 am
(9) Carrie says:

Get this straight ! The site was not “still up and running” It was shut down over the weekend as a means by this administration to “make it hurt” and incite anger toward the Republicans. I’m an Independent , always have been, but the behavior of Obama and Reid is astounding in it’s exploitation of the ignorant masses of Americans throught his shutdown.

The reference to Michelle’s Let’s Move site IS significant because it verifies the games being played by Obama. The description of what is shut down or not is described as follows “Under applicable federal law, operations and services would continue for those essential for “the safety of human life or the protection of property,” as well as those programs funded through multiyear or permanent appropriations.”

FOR THE SAFETY OF HUMAN LIFE! An abducted child doesn’t count as a human life in danger ? While “Lets Move” has it’s value toward healthy kids, it will not be saving one’s life during the shutdown. It was kept up because this administration is cherry picking what to shut down or not and the criteria they are using is scewed toward what will inflame – NOT WHAT’S ESSENTIAL

Wake up folks. This is going on like this because Republicans have put their foot down with the unfairness of the Obamacare law. Get it straight, asking for the same mandate delay for Individual Americans (you and me) does not benefit Republican members of Congress, it benefits Americans and it’s FAIR in light of delaying it for corporations.

October 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm
(10) RBW says:

Lily,
Do you know the difference between nice and necessary?
Here’s an example: Michelle’s encouraging a healthy lifestyle? Nice. Amber alert? Necessary.

October 11, 2013 at 9:23 am
(11) Ron Chapman says:

This was just another attempt by Obama to punish the people for siding with the conservatives. He figures to hit all opposition anyway he can to shove his bad policies down our throats

October 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm
(12) Mary Anne Beckley says:

I just can`t figure out why so many people get angry and start throwing blame around when they don`t have all the facts.
.Hey guys and gals,, imagine if you actually had to prove some of this rubbish or face slander/defamation charges.
Check out who is funding what before you blame Obama and/ or Democrats and/or Republicans or ???? anyone else you have a grudge against!.

October 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm
(13) Deb says:

THE SYSTEM WAS SHUT DOWN….I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT AS I HAVE FAMILY WHO WORK FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ONE WITH HOMELAND SECURITY AND YES AMBER ALERT WAS IN FACT SHUT DOWN!!! I FIND THIS SICK AND DISGUSTING!!! I WONDER IF OUR WONDERFUL POLITICIANS WOULD HAVE SHUT IT DOWN HAD ONE OF THEIR CHILDREN GONE MISSING??? YOU CAN BET IT WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED OR WOULD’VE BEEN BACK ONLINE AND RUNNING RIGHT IMMEDIATELY HAD THAT EVER HAPPENED!!!!

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