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California Issues First Cellphone Amber Alert

amber-alert-textMonday marked the first time in California that officials notified the public of a statewide Amber Alert through their cellphones, a California Highway Patrol official said.

It differed from phone to phone, but sometime between late Monday and early Tuesday many mobile phones across Southern California received an Amber Alert related to two missing children in San Diego.

Some cellphones received only a text message, others buzzed and beeped. Some people got more than one alert.  It’s all thanks to the Wireless Emergency Alert program, a cellphone version of the Emergency Alert System that gives you the high-pitched test tone on your television.

There are no texting charges. The system does not track phones’ whereabouts.  The system is a second-generation Amber Alert and replaces the Wireless Amber Alert program that sent text alerts only to cellphone users who subscribed to the service.

To opt-out of the emergency alerts, change your phone’s message or alert message settings. They’re automatically included on phones that receive the alerts.

Click here to read more on the LATimes.com.

For the latest on the search for Hannah Marie Anderson, 16, and her brother 8-year-old Ethan Anderson, click here.

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