Amber Alert website back online after public outcry

The Amber Alert website was shut down after DOJ employees were furloughed.  Credit: AmberAlert.gov
The Amber Alert website was shut down after DOJ employees were furloughed.
Credit: AmberAlert.gov

The Amber Alert website is back up again after a furloughed government employee was reinstated to maintain the site. The site was offline because of the government shutdown and read “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs website is unavailable” for the past few days.

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, tweeted, “At no point has AmberAlert system been interrupted during shutdown. to prevent confusion, informational DOJ site has been restored.” He also wrote, “AmberAlert system is not down. At least 2 alerts happened over wkd. DOJ site offers info abt system but alerts get issued by states/counties.”

Social media users expressed dismay at the Amber Alert site shutdown. Redditors poked fun at the situation with an ironic meme.  Credit: Reddit
Social media users expressed dismay at the Amber Alert site shutdown. Redditors poked fun at the situation with an ironic meme.
Credit: Reddit

Social media users were confused when they saw the closed website; some people thought the entire Amber Alert system was affected by the shutdown. In fact, only the Department of Justice website, which offers information about Amber Alerts, was down: Fallon stressed that the website does not actually issue alerts, which are put out by state and county agencies. The site shutdown did not affect alerts from going out through highway signs, social media and news outlets.

But the ensuing outcry was enough to prompt the Department of Justice to do some damage control and recall a furloughed employee to reopen the site. Social media users unhappy about the government shutdown were eager to point out that Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” website was still running during the outage.

 

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands and smashed shops open to looters in the popular tourist area of Baja, Mexico.

National

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million…

By Lehar Maan(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million…

National

LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The LAPD is investigating after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused police of violating her rights when they detained her.

Local

Number of New York City smokers increase, topping…

For the first time since 2007, there are  more than one million smokers in New York City, according to the New York City Department of…

Movies

Newsflash: Corey Stoll is still not a man

In director Shaun Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," Corey Stoll stars as the oldest of four adult children (the others are played by…

Movies

If you don't like Simon Pegg's new film,…

Simon Pegg goes all out in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as the titular psychiatrist stymied by modern life who embarks on a globetrotting…

Arts

Art in Chelsea: Don't miss these 3 galleries

We selected three sure bets for seeing cool art in the galleries of Chelsea.

Music

Robin Thicke blurs lines further with new 'Blurred…

"The reality is," said Robin Thicke about "Blurred Lines" in a court deposition, "Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

NFL

3 things we learned in Jets loss to…

The wheels came off for the Jets, who gave up 21 unanswered points after a brilliant first 20 minutes in a 31-24 loss at the Packers.

NFL

Victor Cruz catches case of the drops in…

The Giants dropped a tough, 25-14, decision to the undermanned Cardinals Sunday in their home opener. And drop was the operative word of the day,…

Travel

World's most hipster cities: Top 5

Travel blogger Adam Groffman tells us his picks for the Top 5 most hipster cities in the world.

Education

The top 5 regrets recent high school grads…

College application season can seem like a blur for many students - as test prep, campus visits and filling out a seemingly endless stream of…

Parenting

Tech execs tend to limit their kids' screen…

You probably got your iPad before Bill Gates's kids did.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing: Daybreaker returns, Ray Rice jersey trade, Sweet…

  Now that Ray Rice is no longer with the Baltimore Ravens — or any other NFL team — after video footage surfaced showing him…