Cellphones Added to Amber Alert System

From Times Wire Reports

The state’s Amber Alert system is being expanded to cellphone customers, the first program of its kind in the nation, Gov. Jeb Bush said in Tallahassee.

The free program will allow subscribers to receive text messages when an alert is issued about a missing child.

For the record:

12:00 AM, Aug. 04, 2005 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday August 04, 2005 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 News Desk 1 inches; 67 words Type of Material: Correction
Amber Alerts -- A news brief in Wednesday’s Section A about the expansion of Florida’s Amber Alert system to cellphone users said Gov. Jeb Bush called it the first program of its kind in the nation. The system has been available to wireless phone subscribers nationally since May 17. Bush was the first governor to hold a news conference to encourage people to sign up for it.

“It’s another step forward in our effort to bring children home where they belong,” Bush said.