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People can now get text messages about endangered missing people from the Nebraska State Patrol

September 2, 2018 GMT

The public can now receive advisories about endangered missing people via text message, the Nebraska State Patrol said Friday.

When the patrol launched what’s called the Endangered Missing Advisories system, the patrol had thousands of people sign up to receive alerts via email, said Col. John Bolduc, the patrol’s superintendent. “But we also heard from citizens that many would prefer text message alerts instead.”

Anyone with a cellphone can subscribe to receive text alerts of EMAs directly from the Nebraska State Patrol. The alerts are issued on a regional basis — people can select specific areas for which they would like to receive alerts or they can select statewide alerts.

To subscribe to the text alerts, visit the Nebraska State Patrol website at https://statepatrol.nebraska.gov/

Since the EMA system was launched in January, the patrol has issued 13 alerts.

“The general public has already been critical in multiple cases by locating the endangered missing person,” Bolduc said.