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ALEA launches new missing persons emergency alert system

Participants can choose their preferred methods of communication.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced on Tuesday that it has adopted a new high-speed emergency alert system called CodeRED.

The system allows Alabamians who sign up to receive alerts by their choice of phone, text, email or social media notifications. The alerts can be issued to participants throughout the state or in a targeted area, depending on the circumstances.

To participate, residents can text “ALalerts” to 99411 or enroll via the prompt on ALEA’s website homepage

“CodeRED will allow all Alabamians to quickly subscribe to alerts via a variety of methods and it will deliver time-sensitive information during high-stress situations where time is of the essence for those missing loved ones,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor in a statement.

The agency will soon stop sending email alerts on the existing system. Amber Alerts and Blue Alerts will continue to be sent over the Wireless Emergency Alerts system as well as the CodeRED platform. Missing and Endangered Persons Alerts and Emergency Missing Child Alerts will only be sent over the CodeRED platform.

Jay Moseley, director of the Fusion Center, issued a statement encouraging Alabamians to enroll. 

“Your participation in this emergency notification system will provide a direct conduit between public safety officials and your local community,” he said.

The new system was announced on National Missing Children’s Day.

This story originally appeared in the Alabama Political Reporter.

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