Amber Alert: How to help find missing kids

Amber Alert notifications, how to get them

Many learned about a kidnapped toddler from Akron via the Amber Alert notification on their phone.

But in case you missed it, Amani Abraham shows us what you should do to help find any missing child.

The Amber Alert sent out Wednesday in the Akron area came through around 5 o'clock this morning.

It's hard not to notice because of distinctive sound that comes through your cell phones.

But if you didn't hear it, you may want to check your settings; officials say it could save a life.

Amber Alerts are sent out to cell phones in times of emergencies and in the hours that are critical in finding a missing child.

Technology today can help spread a message quickly to locate a missing child who may be in danger.

Local, state and federal emergencies can come directly to our cell phones.

Here's how to make sure you're getting the alerts.

If you're an iPhone user, go to "settings" and then click on notifications. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and you'll find the government alerts below to turn on.

For an Android phone, click settings, then go to messages and click on emergency alerts where you can opt in to get notifications.

While some argue that the sound can be startling and have opted to turn it off, law enforcement officials and others say it's a quick process that can save a life.

As of 2015 , dozens of children were located thanks to messages directly sent to cell phones. 

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