COLUMBUS -- Despite the government shutdown, state officials want to be clear that the Ohio AMBER Alert system is still in full operation.
The Ohio AMBER Alert system is initiated by local and state authorities and is available around the clock.
"There recently has been a lot of media attention regarding the government shutdown, specifically the AMBER Alert website, amberalert.gov," Robert Hoever, NCMEC's Director of Special Programs says. "This is an informational website; the AMBER Alert Program has NOT been shut down. Although the federal level website for information purposes is not active, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children continues to provide operational support for each AMBER Alert Program in the nation. Nothing has changed."
According to Ohio AMBER Alert Coordinator, Captain Rob Jackson, "Law enforcement agencies across Ohio are still able to issue AMBER Alerts and the State of Ohio and NCMEC will still activate all systems associated with the alerts."
For more information about Ohio AMBER Alert visit http://www.ohioamberplan.org.