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Public threat alert system now active in Michigan

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An alert system used to immediately notify residents of a public threat is now active in Michigan.

The Public Threat Alert System was created by Public Act 235 of 2016 and became effective on Thursday, Sept. 22.

The new alerting system can be used in cases where there is a public threat, including an act of terrorism, an unresolved mass shooting or an unresolved mass shooting spree.

The system works similar to an AMBER Alert. It can interrupt radio and television broadcasting and be issued through mobile phones.

“It is extremely important to make the public aware of a potentially life threatening situation, as accurately and quickly as possible, so our residents can stay out of harm’s way,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “Nearly everyone has access to a mobile phone, and unlike other emergency notifications, you do not have to opt-in to receive these important alerts.”

The Public Threat Alert System is activated by the MSP Operations Unit upon request of law enforcement, when the following criteria are met:

  • A specific and identifiable threat exists that is not a natural disaster.
  • The threat is immediate and ongoing.
  • The threat impacts the safety and welfare of the general public.
  • The suspect(s) have not been apprehended and remain a threat to public safety.
  • An area-wide broadcast via the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) has been issued.
  • Sufficient information to protect the public from danger is available to disseminate

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