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Amber Alerts to be sent to cell-phones in region where child is reported missing

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UNDATED, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites will soon get Amber Alerts on their cell-phones.

The Justice Department said Wednesday it will become part of a national effort to send Amber Alerts to wireless devices, in areas where children are reported missing or in trouble.

The Amber Alerts have been posted for several years on highway signs and the broadcast media – and many have succeeded in tracking missing youngsters down.

Starting in January, the National Center for Missing-and-Exploited Children has also been sending out alerts using the federal government’s Wireless Emergency Alert system.

The Justice Department says it has not used the new system yet.

A police agency will notify the Dane County Communication Center – and they’ll pass it on to the national center for distribution to local devices which can access the wireless alert system.

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