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Local Authorities Disclaim Loss of Amber Alerts from Govt. Shutdown

Panic over Amber Alerts going down during the government shutdown has been spreading across the country.

OUACHITA PARISH -- Panic over Amber Alerts going down during the government shutdown has been spreading across the country.

Local authorities said everything is working fine.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies said they're getting calls from folks worried about Amber Alerts, after reports of the U.S. Department of Justice's Amber Alert website, amberalert.gov, going offline due to furloughed federal employees.

Deputies said the website was informational only and the Amber Alert system is still completely up and running.

"It is true there's a website down, a national Amber Alert website, which is an informational website. It kind of gives people information on what an Amber Alert does and how it works. That website is down, but that doesn't mean that Amber Alerts can't be done," Chief Marc Mashaw of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said.

The federal Amber Alert website has since come back online.

Local authorities continued to stress there were absolutely no interruptions in Louisiana Amber Alert services.

"There's a lot that we have to go backtrack on social media and determine whether or not it's even local, whether or not it's true or if it's just 'Somebody told me this, so I'm going to forward it onto everybody I know,'" Mashaw said.


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