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AMBER ALERT: Timing off on recent alert

Letter by James M. Driskell, Tacoma on May 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm with No Comments »
May 7, 2014 9:49 am

An Amber Alert was issued during the morning on Monday concerning a kidnapped child. The alert hit my cell phone almost two hours after the alert had been issued.

The offending party was captured and child was recovered about noon on the same date. However, the system continued to issue numerous additional alerts, the latest of which was received at 2:06 p.m.

Whoever is running the Amber Alert system needs to get their act together and coordinate the blanket alerts sent to cell phones with the actual issuance of the alerts. There is no excuse for this level of incompetence.

Continued misuse of this system will result in many users opting out of the service.

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