COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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 (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/18116PY ) 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.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com