July 31, 2014

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Ohio resumes 24-hour Amber Alerts

COLUMBUS — Ohio has decided to resume sending cellphone alerts of missing children and other emergencies whenever they happen — even in the middle of the night.

The Plain Dealer reports that the Ohio Amber Alert Steering Committee had halted the cellphone alerts between midnight and 6 a.m. because people complained the loud alarms woke them up in fear.

But the committee decided Thursday to resume the 24-hour alerts for people who have phones programmed with the Wireless Emergency Alert. The committee said the urgency of finding an abducted child outweighs the middle-of-the-night disruption.

The alert system is coordinated through the federal government and the cellular phone industry.

There have been two statewide Amber Alerts since the system went online in December.