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LSP: Shutdown of gov Amber Alert page didn’t affect La. alert system

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LOUISIANA – (KALB News Channel 5) – There has been some confusion over the Amber Alert system, since the government webpage was shutdown briefly over the weekend.  The Amber Alert system is a national program that assists in finding abducted children.

According to a release from the Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Amber Alert plan is based on local and statewide partnerships and is independent from the federal government. The shutdown of the Department of Justice webpage did not affect Amber Alerts in Louisiana.

The government webpage has since been restored:www.amberalert.gov. The webpage is primarily an informational site regarding statistics, reports and overviews of individual plans, according to the release.

The release also said that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (http://www.missingkids.com), a non-profit organization, does receive some funding from the federal government.  It will also continue to supplement state and local plans via their AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program to major corporations, transportation companies, internet search engines, etc. 

For additional information on the Louisiana AMBER Alert plan, please visit: http://lsp.org/amber.html.

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