Amber alerts now sent out to smartphone users

If that blaring Amber Alert shot you up out your 1:45 a.m. slumber Monday, you weren't alone.

"For the past couple days we've received numerous complaints to stop them," FDLE's Grel Plessinger tells WDBO.

Plessinger says the alerts are from FEMA, working with Wireless Emergency Alerts. Monday's mobile Amber Alert was the first by WEA, part of a national system that began December 31st.

If you don't wish to receive the audio alarm alert, we've learned its an easy fix to stop them. IPhone users can go into their settings menu, select notifications, then scroll down to Government Alerts. That's where you can turn off amber alerts and emergency alerts. Android users do need to call their carriers for instructions on how to opt out.

However, Plessinger tells us it's still very important for people to receive Amber Alerts. FDLE wants to still encourage people to sign up for Amber Alerts using other digital transmission formats. "If you're going to opt out of those," Plessinger says, "Please sign up for FDLE's email alerts. These email alerts do not have a tone that go with them."

You can also sign up for Amber Alert text only alerts that arrive without an audio tone.





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