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Amber Alert Website Restored After Outrage Expressed Over Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government’s Amber Alert website was restored Monday morning after people expressed outrage.

The site, www.AmberAlert.gov, was temporarily taken offline because of the government shutdown.

“The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN.

While the website was taken down, the Amber Alert system was still functioning, Justice Department officials said. They said Amber Alerts were still issued, and the system was not impacted.

Keeping the website up requires bringing in furloughed employees, Fallon said.

“It’s a cyber-security risk for sites to be posted but not maintained or supervised,” Fallon said.

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Feds Take Amber Alert Site Offline as Part of Gov’t Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department shut down its Amber Alert website (www.amberalert.gov) because of the government shutdown.

Instead of featuring photos and other urgent information about missing children, the site tells visitors, “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable.”

The site was set up to give residents and law enforcement of all jurisdictions quick, up-to-the-minute information about urgent missing-person cases.

It’s just the latest federal resource to be cut during the shutdown.