Michigan’s Amber Alert system likely malfunctioning

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials in charge of the Michigan’s Emergency Alert System and Amber Alert system say the equipment used to send those alerts is likely malfunctioning.

The problems started after the initial alert about a kidnapping Wednesday night near Paradise, Mich. in the Upper Peninsula.

Following the initial alert — which went to cellphones across the state — there were several repeated alerts throughout the early morning hours on Thursday. Some people continued to receive alerts into the afternoon. 

Police were able to track down the kidnapping suspects and find the boy safe, but repeated alerts with the initial kidnapping information continued to be sent out.

The Michigan State Police is responsible for requesting the alert and crafting its language. Michigan State Police told 24 Hour News 8 they don’t know what happened to cause the repeated alerts.

“I can tell you with a certainty that (the problem) is not with MSP,” said Lori Dougovito, an MSP public affairs representative.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters helps the MSP maintain the Emergency Alert System. MAB President Karole White told 24 Hour News 8 her colleagues are working with state police to find out what happened.

The MAB also said there’s a possibility of user error as well, but that they simply do not know why the problem is occurring.

“As soon as I can get a definite answer, I will be in touch,” said Dan Kelley, MAB digital communications manager.

Check back with woodtv.com for updates.

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