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As of today, Canada’s wireless carriers are joining forces to assist in the crucial AMBER Alert public program, allowing customers to receive free AMBER Alerts notifications on their cell phones via text message.
With 23-million cell-phone customers across Canada, that’s a powerful way to quickly spread a message to help in the safe return of a missing child.
How it works:
You will receive a text message whenever an AMBER Alert is issued in your region. You will also receive a message when that same AMBER Alert is cancelled or if there is additional information related to the alert.
How to participate:
You need to opt-in via your computer or mobile phone to receive the AMBER Alerts. Here’s how:
- From your computer, go to www.WirelessAMBER.ca, enter your 10-digit mobile number (including area code) and click Submit. You will then receive a text message on your mobile phone with a four-letter validation PIN code. Enter the code on the website and click Submit. On the subscription page, you can modify your settings to select the provinces from which you would like to receive alerts.
- From your mobile device, text keyword “AMBER” to 26237. You will receive a link to a mobile site where you can confirm and modify your settings.
The AMBER Alert program, in which law enforcement and media work together to quickly notify the public about abducted children, is in effect in every province and territory. This latest initiative is a joint partnership between the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and AMBER Alert agencies across the country.
For more information on the program, visit www.WirelessAMBER.ca
Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.