Don’t hit snooze on AMBER Alerts

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – When it comes to AMBER Alerts, Michigan State Police F/Lt. Joseph Thomas says paying attention can pay off.

“Real quickly you’re able to see that we’re looking for a certain type of vehicle, a certain type of individual, and you know that it’s in your location or not.”

And the Lansing Post commander explains it can heighten your awareness.

“You’ll scan and look around–do I see that vehicle? It’s now been imprinted.”

These warnings are part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, transmitting to your phone if there’s a threat in your geographical location. So even if you’re away from home on vacation, you’ll know if someone in your vicinity is in danger.

And AMBER Alerts are only triggered by specific criteria. Age limit, disability and the captor’s background all factor in to whether or not police sound the alarm. A shout for help that Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation Executive Director, Karole White, believes warrants our attention no matter the time of day.

“For the minor aggravation that it may or may not be to you… A child’s life is at stake.”

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