Amber Alert System Website Goes Offline
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 07, 2013 @ 7:22PM
Created on October 07, 2013 @ 6:19PM
People across the country were angry on Monday morning when it appeared a major alert system was being affected by the partial government shutdown.
The government's Amber Alert website temporarily went offline because the people who maintain it were furloughed.
People who tried to view the website saw a message which read, "Due to a lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable."
Officials said there weren't any safety concerns because Amber Alerts are typically handled regionally. If something happened alerts would've gone out to media outlets and text messages still would've been sent.
Monongalia County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Perry Palmer said, "We knew that we still would've been able to have gotten the word out i we called for an Amber Alert. It would've gotten out to the public and reached the proper people it needed to get to."
Many people were still angry even though the alert system wasn't directly affected by the website being offline.
Monongalia County resident Carol Spears said, "Congress needs to get their act together. I mean this is touching our children and grandchildren. I'm really irritated."
Following a public outcry and a large amount of negative feedback from concerned citizens, the website went back online around 11:00 a.m.
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