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AMBER ALERT: Don’t opt out of these messages

Letter by Stacilynn Rambow, Puyallup on April 30, 2013 at 11:40 am with No Comments »
April 30, 2013 2:35 pm

Re: “State aims to fine-tune Amber Alerts” (TNT, 4-30).

I was one of the many to receive the emergency Amber Alert message early Sunday morning about a child missing. As inconvenient it was to wake up to a beeping from my phone that I have not heard before, it was for a good cause.

I think it is ridiculous people are getting upset about this. A child was in danger and needing help from the community. If it were their child, they would want that mass text going out no matter what time of the night to help bring their child home safely. People need to stop being so hypocritical.

It was a message that took 30 seconds to read. Not everyone is sleeping at 3:30 a.m.; the state and emergency centers cannot pick and choose who is getting the messages. By Washington state sending these messages and issuing an Amber Alert, the child was found.

There are ways to opt-out of the emergency texts on your phone in your settings options. But I would like for my fellow citizens to hopefully not opt out, because weather dangers and Amber Alerts are important to hear about. You could be the one that is helping saving a life by being in the right place and using the information that was provided via text to help a victim.

I think this is a low-budget, great way to help our community help each other be safe and protect children from harm.

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